Worried about my Charmer...his breathing has become more labored this week. I noticed last week that when eating he would cough a couple of times. Now granted he only gets a handful of safechoice and a couple handfuls of chaffhay (chaffhay was introduced a month ago and he seemed fine on it). So this weekend I took him off the chaffhay just in case he was eating it too fast and just let him have his handful of feed. Still coughed a couple of times but not every feeding. I also noticed earlier this week that he had coughed a couple times during his workouts, but it wasnt consistent and it was fairly humid. His workouts did not include any cantering, just groundwork, trotting and then saddle work at a walk/trot. I've been keeping an eye this though. Its definitely increasing. Tonight I worked him at 8pm, 82º out with 73% humidity and 5 minutes into his workout he sounded a bit louder than the video and had coughed 5 times. I stopped the workout right then, headed to the barn and recorded the video 6-8 minutes after we stopped. I'm officially worried; he is only 6 yrs old. Vet call will be made asap.
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