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post #1 of 9 Old 07-18-2012, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Something going through herd - help??

So when we went to the barrel clinic last week, I think mouse brought something back with her. I had noticed one horse there was coughing. She developed a snotty nose and a bit of a cough, and now alot of our horses have it. She's mostly better now, not coughing much, just a little bit of a runny nose. It's mostly our young horses who have it, I've seen it on two 2yr olds, a yearling, but also a teenage saddle horse and a broodmare. It doesn't seem to have gotten to the foals yet. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, if I need to call the vet, and how long we should keep our horses home for?? We're trying to sell several of them but I don't want them to get other people's horses sick.

First photo is my boys huge snot rocket from this morning, second is the other two year olds snotty nose.

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Yellow or green mucus indicates infection. You need to call your vet.
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Thats what I thought. I just called the vet, she should call me back soon.
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looks like a cold to me although if you see signs of worsening I would look into it more... in the meantime can you separate the horses who have it from the ones who have not yet gotten it? That spreads through the herds as we had it happen last year. For about a month my mare was snotting and coughing and just sick but slowly getting better. I just gave her the time off because really, do you want to go running when you have a cold? lol
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runny nose

Strangles can manifest like this in older horses and they can recover fairly quickly but younger ones are at a high risk of it going full blown
Glad you're getting the vet out
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Vet hasn't been out yet, she hasn't returned my call and her mailbox is full. It's not like her, she must have something happening. Unfortunately we don't have a way to separate them as they're about as separate as we can get them already. I've been watching it very closely, and they don't seem to be getting any worse. I was really concerned about strangles as some of the horses have bumps on their jaw and one has some on her belly, but I think they are bites as I was noticing them Long before anyone got sick. Also I've taken the temperature of the colts with the worst of it and neither are running a fever. Hopefully just a cold or flu! If we can't get ahold of our vet soon we'll bite the bullet and call the other vet out.
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Darn! You can only do so much, if so far you have seen improvements on the ones who were sick before that is a good sign. My mare's cold was greeny mucus or yellowy at her worst -all of them at our barn had this. We were worried about strangles as well, but as we noticed improvements after the hit their heaviest part of the cold we just waited it out and gave them time off and some good feed with mineral.

Goodluck, hope it doesnt turn up serious, although I have a feeling that it will be alright :)
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Definitely keep them separate from the others as much as possible, as it could save you lots of work and time and $ in the future if this is contagious. I agree with others that the thick, yellow nature of the big snot is not a good sign. I'm surprised there is no fever with that....glad the vet is coming out.
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I'd call one of the other vets in the area and just talk to them over the phone. If they think someone ought to come out, have the new vet come out to check out the horses.
Otherwise, if they don't think it's a big deal, wait for your vet.
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