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arabian horse: feeding..cough..him eat some fresh pasture grass to see

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we have an arabian horse about 7 years old he has been feeding on some older hay and developed a cough and runny nose we let him eat some fresh pasture grass
to see if it would help and we live 60 miles from the nearest vet and they are closed today any suggestions on what we could do for him
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

I suggest that you take him off the hay completely if you can. If you can't you need to at least soak the hay or spray it with water before you give it to minimize the dust that the horse inhales as he eats.


These allergies are usually a sign that the hay has some sort of fungus or is "dusty." Many horses have these symptoms after being exposed.


Most horses will get over this on their own after 7-10 days. If the horse is not eating well or seems to be distressed, you need to give a call to your equine vet.


If your horse has a problem with allergies, you should also talk with the vet about an antihistamine that you can have around in case this happens in the future.


Let me know if you still have specific questions. I would be happy to help more.

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