My horse Sparrow and I just moved to a new barn and I’ve noticed that she’s coughing a lot while eating the hay. She does kind of cough a bit while eating hay, but that’s actually (and strangely) normal for her. She coughs one or twice and then little bits of chewed-up hay flies out of her mouth (not very much), and then she goes right for it again. She’s not distressed or worried and I can’t feel a lump in her esophagus, so she isn’t chocking. But it’s gotten worse and she coughs more than usual when I’m riding her too (2-4 times every ride).
The hay isn’t dusty or moldy and no other horses are coughing nearly as much. She’s not asthmatic. I also don’t think that she’s allergic to it because she doesn’t get hives and she isn’t distressed (keeps eating it). The barn girls noticed her coughing when they first fed it to her and they soaked her hay in a bucket. Once when I came back from a lesson, the hay was already in her stall and she went for it. I tied her up away from it and fed her little by little and she fine. Then I let her have at it and she kept coughing, so I soaked it.
If anyone has any idea of what it could be or what is causing it, I would be super grateful. I love my horse so much and I hope it’s nothing serious.