Yes. Some of the most common types of allergic reactions in horses can manifest as either respiratory or skin issues. You may notice your horse coughing, sneezing or wheezing. This type of allergic reaction can often occur in horses who spend a lot of time stabled in barns, inhaling dust, excrement odors or who have restrictive airflow. However, it can also happen from bedding, mold or even pollen in spring and summer pastures.
For these kinds of respiratory allergies, prevention is ideal for helping keep your horse at optimal health. You’ll typically want to avoid dusty feeds and check your hay for signs of mold before feeding it to your horse. Some pet parents soak the hay in water to help eliminate potential irritants before feeding it to their horse. Another tip is to give your pony as much fresh air as possible, with lots of time out in the pasture.