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post #1 of 6 Old 03-24-2010, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Upper Respiratory Help Needed

Ok, so the vet diagnosed my horse with a URI and I am putting her on Tucoprim for 10 days. The bad thing is my whole barn has it, and there is 20 horses in my barn. The barn manger isn't doing anything to help us out with this situation and I think is making it worse actually by having a show this weekend, and letting horses come and go for practice in our arena. I am looking for tips on helping her get better and keeping her better. As well my vet said she is slightly underweight as you can see he ribs but since I have gotten her she has been this way and that was 5 years ago. She is a hard keeper and the only time she got weight on her was when I didnt ride her for a month but then she dropped it as soon as I started riding her again. She is a Saddlebred and very high strung so to much makes her crazy.. any ideas?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-24-2010, 10:19 PM
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My filly has the same thing right now, and just today I started her on sulpha (essentially the same thing as you have). There is n ot a whole lot you can do other than what you are doing. If your horse is coughing even after treatment, you may want to look into and expectorant (like sputolysin), but you didn't mention coughing. It is most likely some kind of rhino virus you can't vax for. If she runs a temp, has laboured breathing etc, be sure to contact your vet.
As for the weight issue...have you ever thought that she may have ulcers?

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-26-2010, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Well thank you.

I don't know I mean she eats and she eats whatever I give her but if she doesnt like it she wont eat it. I know she can gain the weight as she was on he same food now as when she gained it a couple months back. But it seems to be something bout riding her that she likes to loss it.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-26-2010, 09:18 PM
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well, the statistics are that 60% of pleasure horses and 90% of racehorses have ulcers. Those numbers are thought to be conservative now. If your horse is nervous or high strung, the likelyhood of ulcers go up. How is the maure? Is it ever loose or runny? The only way to definitively diagnose ulcers is through gastroscope, though. There are management meaures you can take if you do suspect ulcers.
Maybe try a low glycemic feed to help put on weight without adding excessive energy. Just a thought...

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-26-2010, 10:42 PM
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If alot of adult horses have it, it's most likely a viral infection and the common causes of upper respiratory infections in horses is Influenza the other is Equine Herpes Virus (rhino). So, you are right that it's not really a good choice to have a show in a barn with an upper respiratory infection. They tend to be highly contageous and these two viral infections can both have serious consequences--they aren't just a nuisance.

For putting weight on a hard keeper, I would recommend that you allow free choice forage and then add a fat supplement to the diet. Fat provides a concentrated source of easily digested energy without the high carb level and thus jump in blood glucose that you get with grains. Fat also doesn't come with the increased risk of laminitis, gastric ulcers or colic that you get when you increase grains in the diet. You can simply use vegetable oil, flaxseed oil, or even sunflower seed oil to add to the diet. Start slowly and you can safely work up to 1-2 cups a day.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-27-2010, 07:41 AM
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I would be highly upset if I came to a barn for an event full of sick horses with my horse. I'd surely be questioning the intelligence of your BO/BM

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