Help with heaves

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Help with heaves

This is a discussion on Help with heaves within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category

Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By dipper
  • 1 Post By Left Hand Percherons

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-07-2011, 12:13 AM
Help with heaves

Hi there!
I haven't been on in a while but I am in need of idea, opinions, etc from you guys!

My boy Twist has heaves. He has for years but it has never been a Problem until this summer. It got so bad he even had to stay in the ICU one night, they even thought it might have been pulmonary edema! I have since moved him outdoors, he is getting a small amount of grass hay, alfalfa pellets, some soaked alfalfa cubes, tri hist ( antihistamine), and some senior feed.
I want to get back to riding (we have never done lots of hard/strenuous riding) but I want to try and get back into taking lessons.

Does anyone else have thoughts/ideas on what else I can do for him as far as changing his feed or supplements. I would soak his hay but 1) the barn he is boarded it I doubt will do that for him and would be too costly if they did and 2) winter is coming so it will freeze.
I am so stressed out by this. I have allergies and asthma so I know how awful it can feel. I have had to miss days of work to take care of him, he gets upset when it is hard to breathe, I hate it!

So if you guys have help for me I would be grateful!
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    10-07-2011, 06:05 PM
Posted via Mobile Device
    10-07-2011, 09:08 PM
It sounds like you are doing all the right things. Keeping him out as much as possible helps, as well as using cubes etc. Even if you cannot soak the hay, just wetting it will help, so when they put hay out for him just giving it a little spraydown with the hose may help. You can also wet his feed. Any way to prevent dust shoud be beneficial. Hope that helps a little, but sounds like you ae on the right track anyway. Good luck!
princess warrior likes this.
    10-07-2011, 11:56 PM
Agreed... Good job for keeping him outside!! Very important- keep him out of dusty arenas, trials, roads, dry-lots, etc... Anything that has a possibility of getting dusty. Soak his hay- put it in a trash can for 30 minutes I believe, and if you are really stressed on time, you could just wet it with a hose.... And have you tried getting rid of certain things in his diet (im sure you have but double checking!)... Like the alfalfa and grass? And off the pellets (maybe its something in the brand?) And the senior feed?

Good luck!!!
    10-08-2011, 06:24 AM
He should be out as much as possible. Hay should be fed on the ground or the floor but not in a corner where it's dead air. This will help keep his airways open. Same with his cubes, in a large rubber pan on the floor. The construction of stalls, often wood at least 4' high restricts the flow of air. One stable I boarded at put 1,1/2" spacers between the planks which ran horizontally. This improved air flow considerably over the old way of plank on plank. There was a cost saving as well.
    10-08-2011, 01:43 PM
Have you had allergy tests run? If it's worse in the summer, there has to be an allergen component to it. I would also look at a different antihistamine than the Tri Hist. Tri Hist is about the least effective product out there. You might also want to combine it with some type of steroid.

If you do opt for testing, I would not use Heska in Loveland. Their test panel does not cover enough typical environmental allergens that we can control. I used Spectrum out of AZ. They covered just about everything feed and environmental you could think of.
caseymyhorserocks likes this.
    10-08-2011, 02:38 PM
Hi M2twisted,
I'm dealing with the same thing, was even going to start a thread for
Our pony and her COPD. I'll be reading this one, thank you for starting it!

So far we do complete turnout with an open air shelter. You may want to look
At finding him a facility that has this option. No hay period. I know it's
Hard but pasture only is the best. Try smartpacks, we use the Breathe Rite.
Cortisone shots twice a week when she flares up. Use as little as possible because they sometimes get dependent on them and the shots will become ineffective. Many granual products have been taken off the market so it's
Getting more and more difficult do feed additions. You can even try
Benadryl (sp) capsules depending on weight, mixed in his feed. Didn't work
For Rosie and talk to your vet about it.

You are doing a great job! Keep it up!
Bless you guys, I feel for you!
    10-08-2011, 02:50 PM
Sorry, I reread your post and you already have him outside.
    10-08-2011, 08:16 PM
Just wondering - where are you located? That sometimes has a fair bit to do with breathing issues.
    10-09-2011, 08:40 PM
If you ride in an arena , creating dust, this will contribute to his problem. Wet down the arena so there is not dust, or put down shavings or something to control the dust. But since you are boarding this may be an issue with the owner.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heaves? lorimorgan Horse Health 7 09-07-2010 01:37 PM
Heaves??? Jenni0109 Horse Health 2 07-09-2010 03:23 AM
Heaves...Help Trish2010 Horse Health 4 05-20-2010 10:30 PM
Heaves whitetrashwarmblood Horse Health 14 02-20-2010 05:07 PM
Heaves? Lyra Horse Health 3 07-14-2007 04:48 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:32 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0