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post #1 of 11 Old 03-19-2020, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Are curly horses really hypoallergenic?

Hi everybody!

I've always loved horses and I've been allergic to them since I was around 10yo.
Last year I started taking some horse riding lessons. I go every 2/3 weeks and I always take two anthistamine pills before getting close to the horses (one the day before and one one hour before heading to the barn). That helps me a lot, I mean I get a bit of runny/itchy nose but nothing unmanageable!

The thing is that me and a friend of mine would love to get our own horse in a future so we could visit him/her everyday. Is it really true that curly horses are hypoallergenic? Also, I'm from Spain and weather in my city is pretty warm, do you think that will be good for him/her?

And last question, is any of you allergic to horses as well? I would love to know how you manage your allergy ^^

Thanks for reading guys!!
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One of the major equine publications wrote an excellent article on this last year (2019) I think it was Equus - and scientifically curly horses are less allergic reaction causing than other horses but not completely hypoallergenic. the same can be said with the Doodle dogs and other supposed hypo allergenic breeds

You may be able to go to Equus.com and find the article.
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There is a gene that goes with this and it is an inheritable trait is my understanding. Because of this there are degrees that it expresses.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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Mostly, yes. My only concern would be is if horses are the only thing you are allergic to in the barn? I have allergies as well, and have my own horses, so can relate to the struggles! Some barns are fine, but others can make a mess out of me! In particular, I've found certain hays and also dust to be a trigger. I try to pick barns with good ventilation to board at and this is also beneficial for the horses for many other reasons.

However, unfortunately I can't always avoid allergy triggers, so I do carry allergy pills with me. Both long-acting, such as Reactin and shorter acting <24 hours as well. I also carry clean up wipes for after. If the barn has a wash room, I always wash my hands before leaving, but If not, I have little portable hand wipes to use after. I find if I do not clean my hands and face, then It gets worse. The other tip I have is to groom/ handle the horses with gloves and wear long sleeved sun shirts!
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Knowing what grasses/legumes you have allergies to, if any is a good idea. I know for my mother bahaia is the worst so we can't mow where it is if she is here - automatic pass to the ER.

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One of the major equine publications wrote an excellent article on this last year (2019) I think it was Equus - and scientifically curly horses are less allergic reaction causing than other horses but not completely hypoallergenic. the same can be said with the Doodle dogs and other supposed hypo allergenic breeds

You may be able to go to Equus.com and find the article.
I'm 100% giving it a look right now, thank you for the info!!
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There is a gene that goes with this and it is an inheritable trait is my understanding. Because of this there are degrees that it expresses.
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Knowing what grasses/legumes you have allergies to, if any is a good idea. I know for my mother bahaia is the worst so we can't mow where it is if she is here - automatic pass to the ER.
I haven't tested my allergies still, so I only know that I'm allergic to horses because I get the symptoms everytime I touch them. I'm gonna try to get tested soon!



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Mostly, yes. My only concern would be is if horses are the only thing you are allergic to in the barn? I have allergies as well, and have my own horses, so can relate to the struggles! Some barns are fine, but others can make a mess out of me! In particular, I've found certain hays and also dust to be a trigger. I try to pick barns with good ventilation to board at and this is also beneficial for the horses for many other reasons.

However, unfortunately I can't always avoid allergy triggers, so I do carry allergy pills with me. Both long-acting, such as Reactin and shorter acting <24 hours as well. I also carry clean up wipes for after. If the barn has a wash room, I always wash my hands before leaving, but If not, I have little portable hand wipes to use after. I find if I do not clean my hands and face, then It gets worse. The other tip I have is to groom/ handle the horses with gloves and wear long sleeved sun shirts!
I should check those shorter acting pills! I take ones that last 24 hours, but my doctor said that I can take 4 as much a day (that's only if my allergy is strong). I clean my hands as much as I can after touching a horse and that seems to work pretty good! Wipes are a cool idea as well.
Do you spend a lot of time in the barn? I'm normally there for 3 hours, I don't know if symptoms will get worse if I'm there more time ^^'
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I should check those shorter acting pills! I take ones that last 24 hours, but my doctor said that I can take 4 as much a day (that's only if my allergy is strong). I clean my hands as much as I can after touching a horse and that seems to work pretty good! Wipes are a cool idea as well.
Do you spend a lot of time in the barn? I'm normally there for 3 hours, I don't know if symptoms will get worse if I'm there more time ^^'

Not lately, but I used to spend a lot of time at the barn. Definitely 3 hours or more. For me, allergy pills usually contained things and I don't normally get life threatening symptoms, such as my airway closing off. Normally, I get hives, itchiness, running eyes, sneezing etc. However, I have been at one or two barns (clinic hosts) that really irritated me (swollen face and nose) for some reason and I had to get out of there as soon as I could because the allergy pills just weren't fully working.
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Not lately, but I used to spend a lot of time at the barn. Definitely 3 hours or more. For me, allergy pills usually contained things and I don't normally get life threatening symptoms, such as my airway closing off. Normally, I get hives, itchiness, running eyes, sneezing etc. However, I have been at one or two barns (clinic hosts) that really irritated me (swollen face and nose) for some reason and I had to get out of there as soon as I could because the allergy pills just weren't fully working.
Oh whoa, so you couldn't have lessons at those barns?
It's actually good to hear that symptoms doesn't change if you go to the same barn!
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No I stayed for the lesson, but left shortly after. Usually I'd stay longer to keep an eye on my horse, but luckily other people I knew where there.

Symptoms are usually the same; however sometimes they do get worse the longer I stay IF they are triggered, which is most, but not all of the time. I'm usually fine at the barn I board my own horses, but there are a few barns I travel to (all indoor) that trigger my allergies. So, like you, I either come prepared by taking an allergy pill prior to arriving or I'll bring one with me in hopes that the allergies won't be triggered too much.
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