My 6 y/o has picked up a sort of dry cough in the last two weeks or so. I don’t think it’s a virus, I think it’s allergies or environmental - vet has been out and agrees and said I’m doing all the right things but would love to see if anyone had any additional thoughts!
He’s getting Air Power daily, is now on a full daily dose of ImmuneBiome Breathe and I’m working him up to a dose of AniHist H. (The dose is huge and he only eats a little handful of balancer to carry his supplements.) He’s been off work for about a week and a half to avoid irritating his respiratory system further.
He lives in a stall with shavings and an attached dirt run. Our arena and turnouts are plain old sand. We just moved his stall to the other side of the barn so that he’s farther away from any dust coming from the arena and turnouts. The next thing on my list is to change his bedding - my barn owner suggested pellets. I’d also like to start soaking his hay but I don’t think the staff has the bandwidth and I can’t be there 3x per day to soak… still thinking about how I can make that happen.
We’re in SoCal in the middle of a drought and the whole property/neighborhood is so dry and dusty right now, plus the barn sits in a bowl at the foot of some hills so the wind just whips down and stirs everything up. We also have lots of random plants and trees in bloom and he recently arrived from a very different climate. The barn has been experimenting a bit with watering the ring less because of the drought and water restrictions, but I don’t think that will last as the horses are not happy about it… I am pushing hard for more water and updated footing but you can only do so much as a boarder. I’m open to moving him if this doesn’t resolve but that would be a last-ditch effort.