Horse Podcast Ep 145: Equine Asthma – Ask Your Vet!

Equine Asthma, Equine Asthma syndrome, or Heaves another vet topic that can affect us all. In today’s episode, Heather is chatting with Julia Montgomery a large animal Vet from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan Canada on Equine Asthma. They discuss the different levels and severities, how to prevent and some tips to help horses with it.  We learn about warning signs and some triggers that can cause it. Choosing the right feed and doing your best to eliminate environmental challenges will greatly help with Equine Asthma.

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Equine Asthma – Causes

There are three levels of equine asthma, mild, moderate, and severe
. Causes of Equine asthma include poor air quality, dust, mold, smoke from forest fires, and hot humid climates. The environment is something that you can’t control but recognizing the dangers will help in some cases. Mild and moderate cases can be assisted with modifying the environment the horse is in as well as steroids can be administered. Mild flare may still occur. For severe cases, cortisol steroids will need to be used. Watching their feed and having access to good quality mold-free hay will help.

Equine asthma – Prevention

How you feed will greatly help to eliminate equine asthma. Soaking hay for 15mins to get rid of the dust, forking round bale hay vs self-feeding or feeding cubes will help reduce equine asthma in your herd. If your horse stabled making sure their stall is the furthest away from the hay storage will also help.

Guest today:

Julia Montgomery (Canada)

More information on julia can be found at Julia Montgomery Published

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Environmental triggers
  • Soaking hay
  • Early signs
  • Lower airway coughs

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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