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Looking for Holistic help for heavy mare in foal

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Linda Bauer --Rebel due 4/5/08
Weanling
Username: Llazyt

Post Number: 21
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a mare who is 283 days in foal. She has a problem with COPD and I have been researching something I can give her using a holistic approch. I think this is going to be a on going problem so I need a long term cure. Last summer the vet gave me Ventipulmin Syrup, it helped but didnt stop the distrested breathing. After a few heavy frosts I turned her out on our hay field and she did very well, back to regular breathing and no coughing. But feed is getting short and I have started feeding hay and within 1 day she is back to coughing, nasal discharge, breaths heavy and is wheezy. I put her in the correl and started feeding pellets and a complete feed and she is doing better. Question is does anyone know of anything I can SAFELY give her in the way of a natural healing instead of suppressing the symptoms. I have also soaked her hay, it doesn't help alot. She is not stalled indoors so that isn't the problem. I am concered about giving her anything with her being a couple months from foaling. I have been in contact w/ Rep. for Chamisa Ridge Herbals, but they haven't approved any of there probiotic etc. for preg. mares.
Has anyone out there had this problem and did you find something that helped

Needing advice and help.
Thanks (sorry so long)
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 535
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 07:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Why don't you try sokaing your hay in a muck basket for several hours before feeding it. I have a mare who cannot eat any hay at all, she only get alfalfa cubes. They are also a suggestion. Just give her a few quarts of hay cubes in a muck basket.
 

Linda Bauer --Rebel due 4/5/08
Weanling
Username: Llazyt

Post Number: 22
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 08:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She does OK with the pellets, but I have to keep her seperated from the rest of the other horses and she just walks the fence. She will eventually get the feed cleaned up. But I worry about her stress level being 285 days in foal.
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 536
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 02:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always keep my mare seperated. She lives in a stall during the summer with an air conditioner (the heat also bothers her) and when it is cool she goes from stall to roundpen.
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 420
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 06:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Linda, forvige me for being nosey and stupid, but what is COPD?
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 755
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 06:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease :-) Otherwise known as "heaves".
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 422
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 07:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Tracy. I know what heaves are.Just wasn't sure about the COPD, what it stood for.
 

Dorthy Brown
Breeding Stock
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 238
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2008 - 09:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare has heaves also--not as bad as yours it sounds like. I never had an problems with her when seh was pregnant--vet said they have a hormone that is like a steroid that usually helps with it. But after she needed a shot of steroids and now I keep her on "antihist" little scoop daily in her feed and haven't had a problem since. Not sure on the ingrediants but you might want to look it up



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