We tested him for allergies and his bloodwork came back with a slew of offending allergens. I opted for the immunotherapy route, because I wanted to treat the cause not just the symptoms. There is no cure for allergies, but good management can go a long way. I remember asking about how long a horse has to have immunotherapy shots. The answer was three to five years.
At the time I thought, "yikes" that is a long time, but, I don't care, I love my horse and I am going to make the commitment.
Two years later, I am starting to wonder what that three to five year timeline meant...
Harley is coughing again. I didn't even get him off the first round of meds and we are back at square one starting a new round. The barn owner has had to text me several times this week, because he keeps having flare ups. I have stopped putting on my riding pants when I go to the barn. I don't have time to ride these days anyway, but it doesn't mean that I don't miss it terribly.
Three to five years.
If you read horse blogs long enough you know that sometimes things go bad and the owners write about it and we all cry and then thank our lucky stars that it isn't happening to us. I do not want to be on the other side of that. I am really worried though.
We are going to start him on a different medicine. A bronchial dilator. I think the immunotherapy is going to sit on the shelf for a while. Did it help at all?
I just want my horse to feel better and now.