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post #1 of 7 Old 07-02-2016, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Human alfalfa-allergy, advice needed.

The place I have been boarding my new colt uses an alfalfa-grass mix, which Scorpius absolutely loves and he's had no issues with having been introduced to it over an almost two-week period.

The main issue is that I've been reminded of the reason my father never used alfalfa hays with any of his horses -- a few days ago, I ended up hospitalized due to being extremely allergic to it, and I've had to have my friend feed him since then.

I don't want to cause Scorpius stress from switching to another type of hay so soon, but I do need some ideas / advice on the matter in general.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-02-2016, 09:27 PM
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Can you take allergy shots or medication to manage it?

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-02-2016, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Can you take allergy shots or medication to manage it?
I know those didn't help my father, but I suppose there's a chance they'd help me? I could look into that at the least.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-02-2016, 10:11 PM
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Are you by chance also allergic to peanuts? Alfalfa is classified as a legume, as are peanuts. If your allergy to alfalfa is so severe that you were hospitalized, I would imagine that just being in proximity to the barn your horse is at would be a problem for you.

It's not feasible for the barn management to change their entire hay source to accommodate such an allergy. Not sure what the answer is, but I truly feel for you.

Many years ago I spent 3 days in ICU after being injected with IVP iodine dye. Anaphylactic shock very nearly killed me.

Please be safe and do whatever it takes to prevent a recurrence of your allergy to alfalfa.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-17-2016, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I was extremely busy the past two weeks. Just wanted to put a general update.

Turns out the issue was combination of the alfalfa with mold.

Last week I moved my horse to where I work (short version of why he wasn't being kept there to begin with is that they don't usually board yearlings there) and had the vet check him out, but he's not having issues from having ingested the moldy hay.

The alfalfa by itself has been easier to deal with, though I'm handling it while utilizing gloves, long sleeves, and those dust-mask things.

But side note in response to @HombresArablegacy , I'm allergic to both peanuts and soy as well, so legumes are just not my friend in general. With both of those, they never outright caused hospitalization, and I was not being as careful as I should have been with the hay--I just sort of figured I'd be able to deal with it in the same way, which was not a smart move on my part.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-17-2016, 05:43 PM
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Interesting, glad you've figured a solution!
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-21-2016, 10:52 AM
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Glad your horse has suffered no lasting problems from eating moldy hay
That makes more sense-you being sensitized to the mold legume hays are more likely to be put up with high moisture content, thus the greater number of cases of allergic reactions
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