Originally Posted by jessicapworkman
Awe that sucks leapoffaithfarm, I'm glad he pulled threw though, poor boy. The vet did listen to Ayla's lungs the first time he was out and he said they sounded really good, is the scarring something the vet would be able to hear or could your vet only hear it when it had actually happened? Is your boy going to be rideable?
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My vet listened to him and he sounds fine but when he get to acting a fool in the pasture, or rolling in the dust he will stop and give 2 or 3 huge coughs and a few huffs and puffs and he is ok after that. He was going to be a show horse but unless that breathing settles down he is just going to be my trail horse (as I only like to amble along at the walk on the trails and he is 100% fine just walking around) Now he has only been fully recovered for about 8 weeks so the vet is hopeful that in time as he grows more he will get better but we don't care we where just thrilled to have him live. It was a 2 month battle with this poor guy barley able to take a breath and running an almost constant temp of over 104!!!! I figured it out... I gave this poor baby more shots in those 8 weeks than all of my 5 other horses COMBINED in all the years (7 years total) that I have owned them!!!!
Now my appy mare will do that same thing but only for a few minutes when you start riding her... after a few hacks and coughs she is just fine (she sounds like she has been a 2 pack a day smoker for 50 years!) So I would go ahead and start riding her lightly as long as her only symptom is that cough, if that makes her worse then talk to your vet again.