Exploring Equine Seasonal Allergies

Allergies are common in horses. Here’s a look at how veterinarians and owners can identify the causes.
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Exploring Equine Seasonal Allergies
If you suspect your horse is suffering from allergies, take notes about everything he or she comes in contact with, from fly spray to bedding and everything in between, and make note of any reaction your horse has. | The Horse Staff
As winter gives way to spring and summer, trees become greener and flowers bloom colorful and bright. Some people find themselves sneezing or coughing, develop congested nasal passages, and fight through watery eyes as a result of the abundant pollen or other environmental allergens. And like their human counterparts, horses can suffer from allergies too.

“Allergies are extremely common in horses,” said Katherine Williamson, DVM, a veterinarian with Purina Animal Nutrition. “It’s largely linked to management and their environment,”

Williamson discussed allergy testing and diagnosis at the 2017 Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, held April 6 in Hunt Valley, Maryland

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Nettie Liburt, MS, PhD, PAS, is an equine nutritionist based on Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she studied equine exercise physiology and nutrition. Liburt is a member of the Equine Science Society.

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