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Old 12-05-12, 09:58 PM
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Default HELP- I think my son might be allergic to horses

Hi all,

My almost 3yo son is horse mad. Loves to brush my quiet broodmare and has been led around on friends ponies.

Today he went for his 3rd ride on a pony in around 2 months. First time I suspected he got bitten by something as one of his eyes swelled so much that it almost shut, came out in this itchy red rash all over his face (almost like mozzie bites to look at) his asthma and ecsema also went hay wire. 2nd time- his ecsema flaired up. Today, his 3rd ride, he came home with much the same as his first ride but not quite as extreme.

I am fairly sure now that it is a horse hair allergy. I am not sure whether given that he has both ecsema and asthma that it is wise to let him come out to my ponies but he loves coming out and patting his favourite pony "Rita". He has never had an allergic reaction to my ponies, however I don't like my ponies to go more than a month without having a bath as I hate the smell of dirty horse. Maybe this keeps them cleaner????

Has anyone else been in a similar situation? What did/would you do? I intend on a visit to the Dr on Monday to discuss getting a scratch test done as he has other allergies too.

And just because I can- Thomas brushing my feral broodmare Rita who he thinks belongs to him


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Old 12-05-12, 10:07 PM
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Hi Sambucca
My daughter is the same, horses, dogs, grass, etc. Her eyes swell up, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezes, all allergic reactions. She has had big rashes over her body. I have had allergy tests done but the Dr's told us that she was too young to desensitise, and so she lives on Claratyne now whenever I know we are doing anything that will set her off. Sometimes she will have no real reaction and others have been a trip to the hospital. She went shooting with her father last night and didn't get out of the car, but driving through the long grass set her off. Some days are worse than others. Everything we do on our property involves all of her triggers but we are managing it. She is 6 now and was tested last year. She just loves to ride and has done since she could walk. I hope you can find something that works for your little one.
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Old 12-05-12, 10:20 PM
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Not sure if this will help, but I have allergic rhinitis and my horse sets me off pretty badly. The rhinitis has been diagnosed but I haven't bothered to get tests for the horse hair as it's a fairly obvious reaction.

Your little boy sounds like he gets it a lot worse, poor little mite. I get red itchy eyes, inflammation through the sinuses, an itchy throat, sneezing, rashy whereever there's broken skin (even just a scratch) and the most disgusting running nose that just doesn't stop.

Keeping the horse clean and rugged is the only way I'm able to still keep horses. None of the drugs have worked for me.

Clipping the coat of the horse is a big help - I was amazed at the difference. I'm not sure if it's the actual hair itself, or the dirt/dust trapped in the hair. I'm fine with clean horses, so I think it's more likely that the dust is the trigger. I never used to worry about it and just used to deal with the symptoms, but they come on quickly and don't go away for hours.

Hopefully your little boy's trigger is also the dust, as you've noticed that your own horse hasn't given him a reaction.

If you can, give the clipping a go. It really was a huge help for me as it's then easier to keep the horse clean. Regular baths and keep the rugs clean too.

Might also be worth seeing a specialist too just incase it has the potential to affect his airways.
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Old 12-05-12, 10:54 PM
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My husband is allergic

His eyes swell shut if he has a decent amount of exposure but he mostly sneezes (a lot) if exposed.
We get around it with me changing clothes as soon as I come home or even better by changing at the farm, washing my hands before I get in the car etc.
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Old 12-05-12, 11:12 PM
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My daughter is allergic to both Dogs and Horses, she is a adult now and she takes Claratyne when she comes out here. When she was growing up she did build a immunity to them, if in daily contact with them, she had to make sure she washed her hands and changed her clothes when she came in from the horses, but even going away for a weekend was enough for her to require a claratyne when she came home.

Not easy but can be managed
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Old 13-05-12, 10:33 AM
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Trainer Bart Cummings is allergic to horses and he's in his 80's now!
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Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses too.

Good luck with sorting your little boy's allergy
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Do you have any new fencing with creosote posts? I also thought my sons were allergic but then pieced together that they'd touched a newish post, then touched their face & sparked a bad reaction.
Have you tried giving him an antihistamine before going out to the horses?
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Do you have any new fencing with creosote posts? I also thought my sons were allergic but then pieced together that they'd touched a newish post, then touched their face & sparked a bad reaction.
Have you tried giving him an antihistamine before going out to the horses?

All of our fencing is sheep fences, some are new but are star posts and ringlock.

I have never needed to give him antihistamines before going out to my horses but might become a neccessity if he is going to ride. I do keep them on hand as he gets hayfever and has an allergy to mozzies too (come up in welts as big as a 50c piece)

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