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Seasonal Nasal Allergies


I own a three year old mare. This spring, she started showing signs of nasal allergies. She tends to shake her head a lot and blow out of her nose/itch her nose. She has always been on a grass turnout since she was born. Currently she is out about 8 hours a day, and comes in for dinner and for the night. I am feeding her Buckeye Gro N' Win - she gets 2lbs a day (she's an easy keeper), and is not being worked under saddle yet. I also give her several antioxidant supplements (Vitamin E & Selenium and Vitamin C). I have heard that antioxidants can help with allergies. In addition, I have her on Immusyn (for immune support as well). I am trying to figure out what changes to make to the antioxidants/supplements I am currently giving her to help this. I was looking into Bioquench or supplementing grape seed extract. I am having my vet take a look at her, but would like to try controlling her allergies through supplementation as opposed to antihistamines/steroids, etc. Can you please help?

Where are you from? Chicago

How did you locate this forum? Internet Search

Re: Seasonal Nasal Allergies

Hi Marcy,

Thank you for writing about your mare and her allergies. You're certainly doing the right thing by giving her antioxidants. The only question would be, are you giving her enough? She should have at least 2500 to 4000 IU of vitamin E per day. But, since you're also giving her selenium, with her vitamin E, I wouldn't recommend increasing your current supplement. Instead, you can add additional vitamin E by itself. E5000 is such a supplement.

Vitamin C is also helpful. But, since she is producing enough of her own, she may already be getting enough extra.

Grapeseed extract is also helpful. But, I would suggest trying Noni Juice. I am currently testing a noni juice extract on my own horses as part of a new product testing program. And, the reason I'm enthusiastic about it is because Noni Juice is a very potent source of several micro-nutrients, as well as antioxidants. So, you may want to add 1/2 cup to each meal.

Allergy testing may also be helpful, since you may be feeding her substances to which she may be allergic.

I hope this is helpful!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO