• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Heaves effected by humidity/fronts?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Heaves effected by humidity/fronts?

    I am caring for a horse who has some sort of allergies. (COPD/IAD??). He doesn't have the "heave line".....but I'm on a constant quest to understand it.
    He came to me in rough shape after a summer of 115 degree heat index and no meds or soaked hay!
    My vet put him on Dex immediately and we then weaned off that and have used the inhaled steriods (flovent/albuteral)...and had him weaned down to 1/2 strength every third day.
    My vet said to wean him totally off after a hard freeze (to kill mold in FL)...which I did.
    But I notice him having some noise breathing (in not out) when a front is coming in!
    In my neck of the woods, we can (and often do) have a few lovely (60-70 degree clear, dry days) and then another cold front comes in which is usually a high humidity/windy/warm day before the rain and huge temp drop. It's been a crazy weather pattern lately.......
    My thoughts were the allergies are caused by, well...allergies. Probably mildew and pollen. Why would a front or huimidity trigger a bout? Anyone else had experience with this?
    It's happened several times, so I don't think it's a coincidence.
    www.flyingcolorsfarm.comHome of pinto stallion Claim to Fame and his homozygous son, Counterclaim. Friend us on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fl...04678589573428

  • #2
    I am extremely allergic to mold. It manifests as extreme, sudden headache. When I walk off an airplane in a damp climate, I have an immediate headache. When I stick my face in a bale of moldy hay I have headache. When wind blows in humid climate, mold spores blow around. Its the spores we are allergic to.
    Yes, extreme changes in barometric pressure, especially when accompanied by high humidity and breeze, I am sick.
    Mold spores are not killed by dry weather. Spores are dormant until humidity is high enough to trigger growth of new mycelium. But we are allergic to both spores and new mycelium.
    Are you feeding your horse like a cow? www.safergrass.org


    • #3
      I have a heavy gelding that I am trying to figure out also. He was fine last winter but when the weather got hot, he did have very bad attacks. We brought him in, soaked hay, put him behind fans and gave him Clenbuterol and Banamine. He's an EPM survivor so we could not use steriods for his heaves.

      I kept up the hay soaking all summer. If I stopped at all and gave him any unsoaked hay, he'd have an attack.

      Fast forward to early winter and I forgot to soak his hay one day so with some reservations I gave him unsoaked hay...he was fine...no problems. So I put him back on unsoaked hay and no problems. He's now out with my babies on a round bale with no heaves. Go figure....

      So if it's not the hay that is the primary trigger...or if it is related to heat and humidity...that makes sense. We'll see how it goes this Spring but he'll probably have to come in and get fed soaked hay again.


      • #4
        Our big guy (shire/QH cross) has definite seasonal allergies. He came to us from New England in the spring a few years ago with a clean vet check. Imagine our shock when, despite being carefully conditioned, he bled (like a racehorse) at opening hunt. We've spent a lot of time & energy figuring out what sets him off. Soaking his hay made no difference. He seems to be bothered by pollens/molds/whatever in the fall. He's great until about August, then can be a little "coughy" and bothered off & on until we get several good frosts. As soon as I notice the corn starting to go brown, we start treating him & continue until we have snow. He's never had a problem since we started this program.

        Katy, I share your mold allergy. It's awful!
        ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


        • Original Poster

          Thanks...makes sense about the mold blowing in humid winds....My neighbor lives next to a "wetland"....ie, duck pond. Five out of her six horses came down with heaves the first summer we had a lot of rain (2 years ago) and we all suspected the mold coming off that wetland/swamp. Daydream if you live in "swampland, VA"...that makes a lot of sense to me then....and yes, when it gets hotter and humid, you'd better start treating.
          I've about to decide to give this guy a breathing treatment just from the weatherman saying the front is coming...

          p.s. One thing I've come to learn is in these very hot,humid summers our local hay growers can't get all the humidity out when they bale the hay. So after the hay sits, even in a covered building, waiting for winter.....mold developes. It may not be the huge"puff" of mold I used to look for....just a bit more of a sour smell. It's that that they are allergic to.
          Also,l in the beginning I was just "rinsing" the hay before feeding this horse. The U of FL head internest told me to soak it for 2 hours..drain and then feed. I am amazed at how discolored the water is after soaking, rather than rinsing. It really makes a difference. I thought I was just "rinsing" the mold away, but soaking is so much better. Makes me want to soak EVERYONE's hay, but that is impossible with minimal help and 16 horses on the farm!
          www.flyingcolorsfarm.comHome of pinto stallion Claim to Fame and his homozygous son, Counterclaim. Friend us on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fl...04678589573428


          • #6
            We had a boarder horse for years with heaves, and, yes, she had flare-ups with the weather patterns you describe. Not 100% sure why, but those humid/low pressure cycles rotating with drier/high pressure cycle changes (which pretty much describes "summer" in upstate NY) would trigger her symptoms.