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  • Choking horse now has a cough
  • Vet told me to ride horse gentleybwith a cough

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    07-19-2011, 06:07 PM
Persistent cough!(insert gratuitous 'unintelligent' exclamation marks here)

Ok I bought a new mare a couple weeks ago and was told that she has a very mild dust allergy, she wheezes a bit when exposed to a lot of dust. After I got her home she got into a bit of moldy hay (my dumb mistake) and it brought on the wheezing again. She wheezed for about 24 hours after being removed from the hay but was sounding fine again pretty quickly. We had the vet out to check her after she started to wheeze and he said her lungs sounded good, that she just had mild copd and to call him if it worsened. He also gave her 2 shots to help clear up any of the reaction she was still having up faster. We had also noticed the night and morning before the vet was called that she would cough around 4 big coughs after getting up from being down (rolling or just chillin) but the only time we ears her cough was when she got up. The vet said not to worry to much about it and just keep an eye on her and see how she is. So we've given her around another week and her coughing is now a lot more often, she coughs randomly rather than just after being down and seems to cough after any amount if exertion. When she coughs she extends her neck towards the ground and coughs 4 or 5 big woofing coughs, she doesn't sound like a horse when she coughs, more like an old man. She had a slight nasal discharge after we brought her home but by the time the vet was out he said her nose looked totally normal. The coughing has me worried that he may have missed something though as she is now coughing without any wheezing so I'm beginning to think maybe the allergy and this cough are unrelated? She coughs like a horse with choke but with no discharge or anything I don't know if that's what it could be. Does anyone else have any idea what could be the cause of this? I'll try to get a video of her coughing to help show everyone what it looks/sounds like.
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    07-19-2011, 06:26 PM
Are her lympnodes starting to swell under her jaw? Or any where else? Those are the same symptoms my yearling had when she got strangles. She also had a slight fever for a few days, but ate & drank normal. She thankfully didnt have her lympnodes burst.

I am not a dr by any means. Just sharing what I have dealt with.
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    07-19-2011, 06:52 PM
My mare displayed these symptoms with influenza. Make sure this isn't what is happening. Horses can cough weight off no matter what the cause.
    07-19-2011, 08:01 PM
This is her cough, the video is really far away and kinda glitchy but you get the idea.
    07-20-2011, 11:40 AM
Thanks saddlebag I've actually been starting to suspect influenza despite being told that she had been vaccinated. Our vet has told us to wait a little while and ride her gently and see what happens with the cough so im trying to just wait it out at the moment.
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    07-20-2011, 12:21 PM
My 3 year old paint does this. The vet thinks that it is quite possible that he has some scarring in his lungs due to the worst case of aspiration pneumonia that she has ever seen, in fact she told us flat out after listening to his lungs the day after the choke that she honestly had never had a horse as bad as he was actually pull thru at all. (he choked on his feed and yes the vet was called and was there within 20 minutes of the choke episode starting)
    07-20-2011, 12:55 PM
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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    07-20-2011, 12:59 PM
Also, with her coughing like that should I be riding her? She's been at my house almost two weeks now and I Havnt gotten to ride her yet :(! I'm getting antsy but I don't want to exacerbate any problems she may be having either.
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    07-20-2011, 01:10 PM
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.
    07-20-2011, 09:28 PM
I have a fifteen month old quarterhorse. He paws his feed bucket and dumps it over and then eats off of the ground. I have purchased four different types of buckets for him to eat out of to try to prevent his turning over his feed. He also drops his feed from his mouth alot. Now he coughs sometimes, should I consult a vet or will it clear up on its own

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