Respiratory Distress

Dear readers:

In June of 1997 my brood mare, Peanut, developed what I believed to be severe respiratory problems and allergies. The mare was scoped and there were no visible problems with her lungs. Peanut's health was so poor, I was unable to re-breed her or even take short rides around our farm. At various times the vet was called to administer drugs to aid Peanut in breathing. In 1998, she seemed better so I bred her. She continued to have respiratory trouble similar to a person with asthma She could not move faster than a walk without coughing and struggling for breath. After foaling in 1999, breathing became very difficult for her. On several occasions, I had to call my veterinarian to treat the mare with steroids and antihistamines. There were times when Peanut could barely walk to the pasture. She would start coughing and gasping for air. She had actually coughed so hard and so long that she fell to her knees and could not get up without help. My vet thought we should have Peanut tested for allergies to see if there was anything we could give her to help her live out a comfortable life. The test results came back; Peanut was allergic to hay, grass, mold, grains, straw, and just about anything a horse needs to live. I ordered the serum recommended and we were going to start treatment as soon as my vet got back from vacation. In the meantime, I continued to treat Peanut with Azium and other drugs so she could breathe. I discussed Peanut with my chiropractor during one of my visits. He asked me if I wanted him to adjust her. Doc had grown up with horses, so he knew something about them. I had used chiropractics on my show horse at different times but had not thought about it as an alternative for Peanut. Doc came out the next day. I called a couple of my friends who were skeptics to observe. Peanut was in extreme respiratory distress. After Doc rubbed on her and made friends with her, he proceeded to do his exam. Peanut had just two subluxations but both affected her breathing. After the exam, he made his adjustment. Within ten minutes Peanut's breathing was not as labored and her coughing was not as forceful. After one hour had passed she was standing in her stall eating hay and the shine was coming back in her eyes. Doc needed to adjust her several times before she held the adjustment. She is now breathing freely, loping up and down the hills in the pasture for the first time in two years.


Shari Young