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post #11 of 20 Old 09-04-2010, 01:58 AM
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That really sucks, I feel for you, because I'm pretty sure the general consensus is that you have to learn to live with it. My aunt is allergic to horses and she's been riding since birth (she'll be 50 soon), as well as been a coach since she was 18. She's never had horses on her property even though she had the land for it for that reason.

She has allergy medication but all it really does is stop her from having a massive attack. She still gets completely stuffed up and red in the face with watery eyes. She just deals with it, does her best to not touch her face when she's covered in horse hair and basically keep the horses she's riding as clean as she can (blanketed).

My sister is badly allergic, same thing, even Reactine won't prevent it, but face masks help her immensely.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #12 of 20 Old 09-04-2010, 02:30 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear that!
I'd definitely keep an eye out for a Curly. I hear they're great horses!
Beyond that, I agree, unfortunately you will probably have to deal for the most part.
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post #13 of 20 Old 09-04-2010, 03:24 AM
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I've seen people that are allergic use face masks with success (in addition to their medications).

That's just horrible. I don't know what I would do!

If you find a Curly breeder you could always get them shipped to you, so that is the hopeful thing.

Just whatever you do be careful that you don't go into a big attack.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #14 of 20 Old 09-04-2010, 03:50 PM
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Everyone's allergies are of a different severity, but from personal experience I STRONGLY recommend the shots. I'm allergic to just about everything that goes hand in hand with living on a farm (grass, mould, pollen, hay, and yes, horses). When I was little I had no allergies, and I only developed them as I got older. Eventually I started taking the shots, and it absolutely worked. I didn't have any allergies for a year that I took them. No, it's true they don't have shots JUST for horses, but I think a lot of what makes us allergic to horses is the stuff they carry in their coats (pollen spores, dandruff etc). The shots are fairly expensive, but they do work.

For a long time I couldn't even touch a horse without being in agony. I still do get really bad if the horse is excessively hairy or full of dandruff or whatever, but I rarely have reactions to our horses. Of course, it helps that they are outside, but maybe I've built up sort of an immunity.

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post #15 of 20 Old 09-04-2010, 10:04 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

OK. Here is the response I got way back on my local forum when I was inquiring about the allergy to the horses and horse stuff (the person is a great long-time horse owner with several horses and heavily involved into showing):

The best thing to know for sure is to go to an allergist. However here’s what I do…

Barn clothes stay in the basement (I’m also allergic to horses), I have separate shoes for barn work and they too stay in the basement. Most bedding is pine, I’m allergic to pine – so I don’t have stalls at all. I am on Zyrtec and Cingular (taken at night) year round as well as some prescription nasal steroids when needed (during spring and fall when grass and tree pollens are at their worst. I hire someone else to stack hay. If I have to sweep where hay has been, I use a dust mask, same if I have to be there when someone is stacking hay. I wear clothes I can remove after being at the barn (ie. cover alls or similar). I never touch hay with any bare skin – so long sleeves and gloves at all time. I never let the horses or they hay near my face.

If I’m having a bad allergy day I’ll also dose some homeopathic immune boosters – Vitamin C, EmergenC, Cold MD, Airborne – That sort of thing – the immune boost helps me fight the allergy attack (which I’m having as we speak - for no apparent reason).

I have not done shots – they take too much of a time commitment that I’m not willing to give. I just find that usually if I manage my allergies, most days are fine. Wearing the dust mask looks silly but really helps me if I’m going to be immersed in allergens. I also like using the vacuum on the horses this time of year when they’re shedding and dusty – this really helps keep the dirt and hair out of the air that I have to breath.

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post #16 of 20 Old 09-04-2010, 10:47 PM
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Wow, I can't even imagine how horrible that must be. I can't really empathize, but I sure hope you either find something to help or are able to find an ABC horse for you.
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post #17 of 20 Old 09-05-2010, 11:45 AM
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Just wanted to say, giving your immune system a boost to try to prevent/end and allergy attack is not a good idea. Allerdies come from and over reaction of the immune system to allergines. So when you are having an allergy attack, that is your immune system trying to fight off the allergines. No need to boost your immune system; it might just make your reaction worse.
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post #18 of 20 Old 09-06-2010, 02:24 AM
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First off, I know someone who was severely allergic to horses, and she had a prescription from the doctor (I'm sure she got tested), I'm not sure all what she was on, but she took her pill prescription 30 before getting to the barn, she would have an hour lesson, so would be there for maybe 2 hours tops, when she got home, she would take off her clothes in the garage, and her parents would wash them for her, she would shower, take another pill, and I'm pretty sure she was taking something else more "permanent" than pills. She told me once though that she was quite literally deathly allergic to horses, so had to be EXTREMELY careful, but for her it was worth the work.
Second, obviously everyone is different. But I worked with a Curly Arabian cross, had the awesome curly coat and everything, with an arab head, and my allergies were no less obnoxious around him than any other horses, and to point out, same with dogs. I am actually worse when I'm around the "hypoallergenic" dog breeds. Poodles make me worse as well as my friends labradoodles. I would honestly invest in going to the doctor, getting tested, and get a prescription medication, and I always wear a mask when working in the hay shed, and while I still get stuffy, it does help a lot with how bad I get.
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post #19 of 20 Old 09-08-2010, 10:17 AM
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Im allergic to horses, mold, pollen, dust, and other stuff too. Im going to start getting the shots. But my allergies have gotten better over the years. I dealt with it and they've gotten better on their own. Ill let ya know how it goes.
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post #20 of 20 Old 09-08-2010, 11:33 AM
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I just recently had a wonderful Curly with me for training.. I haven't had much experience with them, but he was a blast to work with. I would look into breeders near you. Although there aren't any in FL, according to the ABC registry website, there are a few in nearby states. American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry - District 7 Breeders List Here's a few in GA. Bashkir Curly Horses for Sale in Georgia GA - FREE Ads One in SC. Bashkir Curly Horses for Sale in South Carolina SC - FREE Ads I don't know. You're really going to have to look around and it probably won't be a cheap endeavor if you have your mind set on a Curly.

I really don't know what to suggest for helping with your allergies, but I've seen a few people who I know have allergies wear some pretty heavy duty face masks that seemed to help, although they had to hurry home to get cleaned up.
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