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post #1 of 6 Old 05-25-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Suppliments for coughing from dust?

I recently moved boarding locations and the arena footing is much better than where I came from, its a bit deeper and thicker, it has better grip which is so nice! I no long hear his hooves smacking on the arena base. But, they don't really water it and it can get dusty. On top of that, they use a leaf blower to clean the isle ways (which I hate). I take my horse for a walk outside when they blow the isle ways, but lately I have been noticing my gelding cough more in the dusty arena.

He kind of gets a grumble in his his chest, I can hear him working it out as we trot around, then he'll cough. He isn't labored in breating otherwise (Just the moments before getting the cough out) and he doesn't have any discharge or snot or anything. His nose is usually a little black from the dust.

Beyond wetting his hay and removing him from the barn when the isles are being blow, would he benefit from a suppliment like "Cough Free??"

Anyone know of a different/better suppliment? Have thoughts on this particular product? How about alternatives to suppliments. I am open to any advice.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-25-2011, 04:01 PM
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My guy gets some allergies during pollen season and is sensitive to dust as well...and our arena is dusty!

I have used smart breath for the past 1 1/2 years. It's almost eliminated him coughing during pollination, he does cough from time to time in the arena but not nearly as bad as he used to...usually just when we warm up.

I tried the cough free first and had no success but it's worth a try!

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-25-2011, 05:26 PM
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Will they let you water the arena?
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-25-2011, 06:02 PM
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When Dancer was coughing from dust/pollen/allergies I gave him Ester-C and it really helped.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-25-2011, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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They supposedly have a watering schedule for the arena, but I don't think its held to as much as they say.

I never considered that he may have developed sensitivity to pollen or allergies in the new area, with the new dirt, or even the fact the new barn is more wooded and the old barn I was at was in the middle of an open field. It might be good to get him on an allergy supplement anyway. CecilliaB - Do you feed the allergy sup year round?
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-26-2011, 07:12 AM
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Yes, I keep him on it year round. I monitor him pretty closely, I keep him away from heavy pollenating tree's. At one barn he broke out in hives all over his body due to an olive tree and had to me moved away from it.

He's in a paddock 24/7 but I have to stall him some times with a fan on cuz out here pollen literally coats everything, have to to dump water daily or twice a day during the season.

This year he didn't have to be moved inside and I didn't hear him cough in his paddock or when working :)

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