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        06-21-2013, 12:10 PM
    I thought Friday would never arrive!

    The last two nights Cash has done his shuffling western pleasure jog for maybe 2-3 minutes each way in the round pen. If I ask for extension or a canter, I'll get a few strides from him before he stops for several hard, loud, full body involved coughs. He seems really winded/out of breath, but other horses are out riding unphased. I haven't been pushing him hard to this point, but he should be in good enough condition to handle 5 minutes of light trotting, despite the heat. There is no eye or nasal discharge, no swollen glands, he's eating & drinking, pooping solid, and otherwise seems healthy.
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        06-21-2013, 12:13 PM
    Gunnie does that when we first start .. cough cough cough ... then he clears up and it's smooth sailing. I figured it was all the dust etc.

    I would see if you can push him through it ..
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        06-21-2013, 12:16 PM
    I know the feeling tg!!! I am ready for this week to be over as it has not been a very good one! Yesterday the vet came out to the barn and did something (coggins, float teeth, check teeth, shots, sheath cleaned) to 12 different horses. I got there at 3:30 and he didn't leave till almost 8.
    My boy got his teeth floated cause his canines were like ice picks. The vet gave him an average shot for sedation and it almost knocked him completely out, we had to help hold his head up. He reminded me of Faceman's avatar, butt stuck up in the air with his head on the ground. Good thing we have a vet stock at the barn! Anyways, I thought since he is sooo out of it, it would be a good time to clean his sheath as it has never been done because I don't know how and he doesn't like it, at all. So my friend said she would do it for me but the second she touched him, he struck out at her and missed! She did not even hesitate to go back and try again but he got her the 2nd time around. He did not make contact with his hoof but his leg got her in the ribs, I felt horrible and still do. My boy has never kicked out at anybody so I was shocked, not to mention how doped up he was and that he was that quick to tell her to stay away from his willie....My friend is very sore and relaxing at home today:(
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        06-21-2013, 12:22 PM
    Aww, that's no fun KC :(
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        06-21-2013, 12:28 PM
    That reminds me of a young horse I had that got the flu every summer for three years in a row. Apparently it is more common for horses under 5 yrs? He would be depressed and acted like he didn't want to move much (achy muscles) and would cough when he started getting hot or got his blood pressure up with exercise - kind of like a person with bronchitis who gets sudden bouts of coughing if they get too warm or excited....it always took him about 6 weeks to get rid of the cough and come back to life. At first I thought it was going to be heaves since it happened at the same time the cedar was blooming here but then he just sort of grew out of it - thank goodness.
        06-21-2013, 12:43 PM
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        06-21-2013, 12:51 PM
    I'm curious if this will progress, or if it's just clearing the dust from his lungs as the workout begins. There was a single half-hearted buck when I got after him for an extension, none of his usual youngster antics, but I wrote it off to the heat. I'll see if it's any different during the slightly cooler temp when I go out early tomorrow morning.

    Anyone have big weekend plans?
        06-21-2013, 01:01 PM
    AMEN tg!!!!

    Cyn, we have an atv playday at church tomorrow. They are always a hoot to watch:)
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        06-21-2013, 01:34 PM
    *slightly cooler temps* ... really?
        06-21-2013, 02:23 PM
    I like to go to the barn around 6:30 am on the weekends, as it's not *quite* as sweltering then. I've been contemplating leaving my house at 4:30 am during the week, and working him before I head to the office...
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