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post #1 of 10 Old 02-22-2020, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Horse coughing

Hi so recently my horse had a cough and when I was riding her she was coughing and finding it hard to breath. I went to the vets and they gave me oral powder to put in her feed for a couple of days to help it however it didn’t work. Then we injected her every day with pen and strep for a week and it cleared the cough up. The vet told told us to soak her hay as well.we have been soaking her hay since and I have rode her twice since and no signs of coughing or difficult breathing and seems a lot happier and energetic. Now it’s a week or two later after her cough cleared up and suddenly she had starting coughing a few times again should I be worried? I intially thought it could be copd / heaves the first time round however the vet said it was unlikely. is there a chance it could be or what else could it be? Should I be worried? I was thinking of putting her on a coughing or airway supplement or do you have any other advice?

She is a 18 year old thoroughbred mare if this is any help. Thx xx
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-22-2020, 08:25 PM
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Some horses seem to react to weather and seasonal changes. Could that be a factor for her?
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I assume the vet gave her Dex (blue powder?) which wouldn't be my first choice since it's a steroid. I don't understand why he doesn't think it's heaves/copd. Did you stop soaking the hay? Is it a bit dusty? Maybe keep soaking it. I also had good success with Ventipulmin (a bronchodilator), but it's a 28 day treatment. You just squirt it into the feed. But I wouldn't go right to that if you don't think it's heaves. I'd try something like Respi-free by Omega Alpha, or Zev first. And keep wetting the hay (you don't want to leave it in water since it will lose nutrients).

Does this horse spend a lot of time stalled? Any horse with respiratory issue should get as much turnout as possible. Mine are out 24/7 and my gelding who used to cough has not had a recurrence of coughing for three years now. If there are air quality issues, you may have to address that to make sure the coughing doesn't keep returning.
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A few years ago I had a mare in her early 20s. She developed a cough. It was winter into early spring. The vet thought it was some sort of allergy probably seasonal, and could have been caused by a number of things. A second horse also developed a cough by it lasted for a short period and was less severe than the mare. The vet prescribed Dexamethasone injections. With the mare the cough would go away for a few days then reappear and I'd go back to injections. This went off and on for several weeks. We also disinfected the stalls and dampened hay. Our horses are also free to come and go 24/7.The coughing did go away once the weather got warmer and drier.
The cough did reappear the next winter but for a much shorter period.

NW Oregon is a chilly and damp climate in the winter. Moss, mold and mildew country. These things can be a mystery sometimes.

I would suggest not riding at all during these coughing periods. Hope this situation improves for your horse...and you.

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Yes it maybe could be seasonal change as the past couple of days on Northetn Ireland we had wind snow rain hail you name it
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She was given Trimediazine plain for 4 days into her feed. Yes we continue to soak her hay and she is currently stables with all the bad weather and the field condition. I was maybe thinking of putting her on a airway supplement to see if this helps.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-24-2020, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yes Northern Ireland’s weather can be cold and wet but I’m sure no where near as bad as yours. Yes this seems similar to you as we injected her for a week and the cough went away then a week or two later it returned.
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The cold was certainly a trigger for our horse as well, but I'd still opt for lots of turnout with blankets (rugs). Air quality is your top priority with a horse that coughs. I live in eastern Canada so I know all about the cold, but my horse has done much better with 24/7 turnout in all kinds of weather - blizzards, freezing rain, hail, you name it. I do have open stalls though, so they can come in and out as they please, but the horses are almost never shut in. I'd turn out this horse as much as possible. They can take a lot more bad weather than we think, especially if they're blanketed.
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Yes I agree I think that will be the solution, I’ll give it a go thanks for your advice
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Yes I agree I think that will be the solution, Iíll give it a go thanks for your advice
I did find that mine was especially sensitive to cold on his windpipe. So I bought a neck wrap and it helps on the coldest of cold days. The rest of the time, he wears a waterproof winter blanket with a high neck, but I don't hesitate to add layers as needed. A fleece cooler under a waterproof blanket makes for great layering!
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