So... my mare has some kind of respiratory virus. First thing I did yesterday was call the vet, because she had seemed fine (in retrospect, had taken the mint I gave her a little slower than usual, that was the only thing that was off...) I was cleaning stalls, turned around, and she was flat out down, wouldn't even pick up her head, eyes kind of glazed over, obviously something wrong... I assumed colic at first due to the sudden onset. Temp at that time was 100.8, hr and respiratotions were both somewhat elevated but not alarmingly, called vet, got her up and walking, and all of a sudden she seemed... okay. Vet was busy at another call st the time so he was to call me back after a while. In the meantime, horse pees, poops, has good gut sounds, gums looks good, not really interested in food, so when the vet calls back I relay all this to him. Per his instruction, stall her, withhold food in case it was a gas colic, and he informs me there is a respiratory virus going around so to watch the temp carefully and bute for fever if needed. Sure enough, a couple hours later temp is 105.... shockingly, mare looks fine, wants food, so I bute and watch all night. She was down more than usual but not "I'm going to die" down just normal sleeping lying down. Temp never breaks entirely, hanging around 101 this morning. I just keep watching, creeps up to 102.5 around 1030. Call vet clinic, all vets are out, but per the techs advice I bute again to stay in front of the fever. Mare did eat breakfast (a little less than normal, but ate) has pooped and peed through the night and today, VS otherwise normal, nickering to see me, eyes are bright... she has a mild runny nose, so it all follows that she caught this virus. One of the other horses has a lower temp last night of 102 which has broken so I'm watching everyone. Now the mare I buted earlier has a temp of 102.9. Still acting completely fine. Vets office has been advising me to bute 1 gram at a time which seems odd to me, I thought I would give 2 grams and knock it down harder, but I'm following their directions. Problem is, I have to work for 12 hours tonight. My husband can go check on the horse, maybe check a temp and call me at work, but he's not going to be capable of medicating. I'm sure some of you know how that is. Low tonight is around 40, so obviously no blanket, but also obviously I can't hose her... any other ideas? I know some people are going to ask why I haven't hauled her in.... a) husbands car broke down today so he has my truck (of course) but also b) she looks so good otherwise I'm inclined to agree with the vet's idea of viral illness, which we all generally know is just supportive care. I asked about banamine instead of bute, the tech at the clinic said they usually use bute... I just would be happier if this temp was closer to 101 than 103. I'm very tempted to give her another gram of bute since I won't be available to give her 1 gram again at the 6 hour mark and I know they can have up to 4 grams in a day (per the clinics advice that was max too....) Other ideas?