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    09-29-2013, 06:51 PM
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Wink Sweet itch and Cough

Okay last Summer my mare- a currently 6 year old spotted draft.
Background:
She's on Nutrena Safechoice original (just moved to Purina Strategy). About 2. Quarts a day, with 1 cup Nutrena Empower.
She's, I guesstimated her weight to be 1800-2000 pounds. She doesn't get much grain as she doesn't need it. She gets about 1/4 cup of Red Cell(she has since she was a yearling so I haven't taken her off it) and 15 Spirulina wafers and she has a horrible cough like she has allergies, not to mention the sweet itch she gets. Last summer she was only on 10 Spirulina wafers and a dose of AniMed's AniHist. The AniHist has been taken off the shelves, no longer able to buy it. I don't know what to replace the loss of the AniHist and I've been fighting my way through this summer. As a last resort this year I bought a container of the "Cough Free"- she will not touch her grain if there's any little bit of the Cough Free in it.
I can get to SmartPak, and I was wondering if anyone here uses the Smart Breathe from SmarkPak. How well does it work?
     
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    09-29-2013, 11:47 PM
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First off, take her off the Red Cell. It is extremely rare for a horse to be iron deficient unless they have ulcers than that's a separate issue to tackle. Forages are naturally high in iron and a 1800# horse can satisfy it's Fe requirement with only 7-10# of hay. She could be having a reaction to something in her diet so eliminate anything that isn't necessary for starters.

Next figure out just how much she does weigh. It's important for medicating and feeding. Unlikely that she's an 1800# spotted draft. An 1800# mare is an 18H solid voluptuous girl. You rarely see a spotted draft over 17H. If you can't get her on a scale, I have found the girth x girth x length divided by 330 to be within 20# of actual weight weither it's a light horse or draft.

Why do you think she has allergies? Is it seasonal? What part of her body is she scratching? If it's allergies, get her tested. It will run around $100 + your vet call. There are tons of better options out there for allergies than the antihist depending upon what ails her. Allergies do tend to get progressively worse so what worked last year might now work this year. Giving her a product just for the cough isn't getting to the root of the problem.
     
    09-30-2013, 02:13 AM
  #3
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She scratches her belly and she'll even get sores all up and down from her chest to her teats from rubbing against the ground(it's funny as crap to watch her flex enough to scratch her belly. It's only when she's on grass pasture. My vet said sweet itch- I'll knock her off of the red Cell, that'll be easy. I had also treated for Neck Threadworms at someone else's suggestion.
The 'Cough Free' was supposed to help relieve some of the problems- that had been suggested. The herbs in it were supposed to help. I'll try to get a better idea on her weight I know her blanket length is 86". When I deworm I only deworm for 1600 pounds. I try to not give her too much grain because she gains weight so easily. Thankfully her itching is dying down as the grass is dying down.
     
    09-30-2013, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by AyaSora    
She scratches her belly and she'll even get sores all up and down from her chest to her teats from rubbing against the ground(it's funny as crap to watch her flex enough to scratch her belly. It's only when she's on grass pasture. Thankfully her itching is dying down as the grass is dying down.
This sounds like my mare that has GRASS allergies. Just when it's green and growing. She's fine with grass hay. She's fine when the pasture is dormant. Getting her off the grass in the summer is the key. If you can lock her up off the pasture for the rest of the season and see if that resolves things. Add one heaping catfood can of ground flax seed (1/4#) with each meal. It does have some anti itch properties and is good for the skin.
     

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