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How Long Can a Horse Live With Heaves?

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Dr Mark is a veterinarian and raises livestock and horses at his small ranch in Brazil.

Moving your horse from a stall to a pasture may help extend their life a bit, but it won't keep them from declining due to heaves.

Moving your horse from a stall to a pasture may help extend their life a bit, but it won't keep them from declining due to heaves.

Sadly, horses that are diagnosed with this disease are probably going to die within the next year, if not sooner (as little as a few months after they start showing symptoms). (1)

If you start keeping your horse in a pasture instead of a stall and make sure there is no dust on the food or bedding, he or she may live a little longer but will still decline over time.

Treatment for Heave in Horses

There are no natural or medical treatments. In humans, bronchodilator inhalers and steroids are prescribed when the sufferer is having shortness of breath, but many people end up having a lung transplant if they do not die first.

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Can You Ride a Horse With Heaves?

No. Once a horse begins showing symptoms of heaves, he or she is no longer able to be ridden.

Sources:

  1. Leclere, M., Lavoie-Lamoureux, A., & Lavoie, J. P. (2011). Heaves, an asthma-like disease of horses. Respirology (Carlton, Vic.), 16(7), 1027–1046. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1843.2011.02033.x https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21824219/


This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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