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    08-21-2011, 02:15 PM
reaction to barley

Hi I,m training a 3yr old pacing filly,just jogging her out and she has been fine,the last few days once she gets warmed up her breathing is getting very raggedy[similar to a horse that's broken winded] I,ve tried her without the overcheck bit and she,s still the same,her owner has started feeding her rolled barley,and I was wondering if this could be the cause,anyone had a horse with a reaction to barley ,similar to this?
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    08-21-2011, 04:23 PM
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It could be possible that she is having an allergic reaction, but it could also be possible that she is having just breathing problems or a bit of a cold. Sometimes, once the horse has jogged for a bit, the mucus (sp?) can start coming loose, making breathing sound a bit ragged.

You can try having the barley taken away from her, and see if there is any change within a few days to a week. If nothing changes, then there is something more going on.

Also might be a good idea to shorten how far she is going just for the time being, or give her a few days off. As much as it back tracks the training going into her, time off is better than a ruined horse.
    08-21-2011, 05:29 PM
Yeh .yhat makes sense velvet,i will get the barley kicked into touch ,and just do a couple of miles a day with her,just easy jogging and see if she improves , if not I will investigate other possibilities,i do think its the barley and liked ,i would,ent want to ruin the little horse .thanks for your reply

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