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post #1 of 7 Old 05-12-2010, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Snotty nose/light cough

Hi all. New to this forum. I've owned horses for 12 years but up until now have amazingly never had a sick horse! Our 5 year old palomino QH gelding just returned from a month at a trainer last week.
2 days ago I noticed that he had a thick, light yellow string of mucus coming from one nostril. Not pouring out, just kind of sitting there. I wiped it away and didn't see it again until last night when we rode him. Some more discharge came out, and he was coughing a little (2 or 3 times). Today one nostril looks a little crusty and there is still some discharge. The vet will be out tomorrow to see him, but I was hoping to get some input because I'm nervous.
He isn't acting sick AT ALL. No lethargy, no loss of appetite. No personality change at all. His vacs are up to date, including strangles.
There WERE 2 rescue horses who came onto the property afew days before he left the trainer, who both had runny noses. But they were being kept totally isolated from the other horses (in another building), no one was allowed to touch them except the barn owner, and she was disinfecting herself with lysol after handing them. After a week on antibiotics, both of those horses are doing well.
I don't really have a good way to isolate him from our other 2 horses (they were all turned out together for days after he came home anyway), an 11 year old paint gelding and a 24 year old pony. Neither of them show any signs of any nasal discharge/cough at all.
Any input appreciated!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-12-2010, 12:29 PM
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It could be a cold. My 3yr old had one this past fall lasted a few weeks. Did he get trailered in the same trailer that the rescue horses where in? If so he could have gotten it then, or it could just be something going around.

Once we figured out what was wrong with my guy we gave him this really good cold medication that cleared it up really well.
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The same thing happend with my horse two days ago. I was like worried it was strangles or something. But my friend just suggested he had a cold due to the weather tempeture going up and down like crazy.
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Strangles was my fear too. He was vaxed for strangles since we were sending him to training, but I know it's not 100%. He wasn't in the same trailer as the rescue horses. Hopefully it is just a cold! Thanks for the input.
In the past our horses have pretty much just stayed on the property/gone across the street to the neighbors house to ride, which is probably one reason we've never had a sick one. This year will be our daughter's first year to show for 4H, so I guess we'll have a lot more exposure to whatever horse ick is flaoting around out there!
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Update - Vet said he probably caught some kind of mild virus at the trainer and fought it off, and this is a secondary bacterial infection. Nothing serious. No temp, lungs are clear, no major swollen glands. A little banamine for 3 days to help with the cough. 10 giant pills twice a day for 5 days.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-14-2010, 10:55 AM
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I hope your guy gets well soon!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-15-2010, 10:19 AM
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If it keeps coming back it could be what my mare had - a guteral pouch infection. She started exactly as your boy did, slight cough when I rode a yellow runny nose. Diagnosed with a cold and put on banamine, then it went away for a couple days. Then it came back 10X worse. I would keep an eye on it and monitor him closely for the next couple weeks, but since the infection I speak of is more common in TBs on the track, I wouldn't worry! Good luck!

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