Quarter horse develops cough

I have a 7 year old Quarter horse who I recently moved to a new boarding facility. Last week I noticed that he was coughing when being trotted and cantered and he was having a hard time recuperating. I called in the vet and we did an exam on his ...I have a 7 year old Quarter horse who I recently moved to a new boarding facility. Last week I noticed that he was coughing when being trotted and cantered and he was having a hard time recuperating. I called in the vet and we did an exam on his ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

Hi. I have a 7 year old Quarter horse who I recently moved to a new boarding facility. Last week I noticed that he was coughing when being trotted and cantered and he was having a hard time recuperating. I called in the vet and we did an exam on his lungs to find out he had mucus and was most likely caused by round bale hay being fed outdoors. Also, I ran a blood test because his working capacity was low he would get tired very quickly. I was told he was Anemic and had a degenerative bone problem, caused by poor warm ups and cool downs. This to me was unacceptable because I always walk my horses 15 minutes prior to work and at least 20-30 minutes after depending on the intensity of the workout. He said I needed to give him selenium and vitamins A and iron. Could all this be caused by somthing else. My horse very often has black discharge in his nose (not liquidy or anything like that) but his nostrils are always dirty.

Thanks

Jocelyne,

Anytime you move a horse to a new barn you run the risk of acquiring a respiratory infection (which it sounds like your horse might have). I’m not sure how you relate the mucus to the round bales of hay. I can see how the blood work would tell you if your horse was anemic but can’t see how it would tell you your horse has a degenerative bone problem. In regards to treatment of the anemia it would depend upon what type your horse has. Once you know what type he has and what is causing it then you can address treating it. Is his dirty nostrils due to a windy dusty enviroment? If so, then I don’t think you have much to worry about except the anemia. Find out from your vet what type he has and if you have questions then have another vet take a look at him.

Good luck, Dr. Lowder

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