What are symptoms of Alfalfa Allergy?

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  1. HWY HNTR

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    I just got my new baby about a month ago and his previous owner had gone on vacation for 2 weeks. By the time she got back, I was notified he was alergic to Alfalfa. Unfortunately I had been feeding him Alfalfa for the past 2 weeks. I had switched him over to Sundan Grass hay (Horse Quality). Of course he dont like it as much as the Alfalfa, but until I can find Oat Hay, he's gotta stick with that.

    Now I was wondering, what are some of the symptoms of being allergic to Alfalfa? I didnt notice anything with him, other than massive mosquito-looking bites all over him. We have a massive amounts of mosquitos and I had someone check him out and they said he was allergic to mosquitos. Using Fly spray helped with it a bit.

    My question is what are the symptoms of Alfalfa allergies? He's almost 16 and I want him to be as happy as he can, and not be the cause of him getting sick. Thanks in advance!

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  2. Ryle

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    Without doing drawn out food trials or sending off serum samples for allergy testing, diagnosing an allergy to a specific foodstuff can be pretty hard.
    Most allergies in horses show up in the skin as bumps or welts, but they could be a response to any number of things in the horse's environment.
    I would ask the prev. owner how they came up with the "allergic to alfalfa" diagnosis.
     
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    Sounds great, I will do that. Hopefully she gives me his vet records as well. Thanks
     
  4. Friesiangirl

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    The huge welts may be a protein build up or protein bumps. My horse gets them when he isn't in heavy work and it on alfalfa

    "Occasionally horses will develop hives, commonly called protein bumps, on the skin. These can be an allergic reaction of the body to foreign proteins in the feed but are more likely are the result of skin contact with some chemical in the bedding. Insect bites also cause these hives. Generally, the hives are short lived and no serious problem occurs."

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    Horse Nutrition, Bulletin 762-00, Protein
     
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    I notice he is still getting te bumps even off of Alfalfa. We have to call the mosquito abatement to get them to spray here. You cant stand outside for 1 min without getting bit a few times. I've got a bug zapper next to his corral and it's constantly going off. Hopefully as teh weather gets cooler, they wont cause a problem much more.
     
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    I would say that your horse is more likely allergic to the mosquitos. Can you put him in a barn while the skeeters are the worst? Or can you put a fly sheet on him to help keep them off of him? We had a horse that was the same way with both flies and mosquitos and if he didn't have his clothes on he was very unhappy and covered in welts and huge bumps.
     
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    This is a little off topic, but I felt I should ask. Are you putting his hay on the ground, I noticed in your picture it looks very sandy....... if so, you might want to consider putting the hay in a half barrel or on a mat to keep him from ingesting the sand. He's very pretty by the way. :)
     
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    TY for the compliments. Actually that pic was taken the first day. He has a horse feeder that he eats out of and only had to eat off the floor the first day. I need to get him a fly sheet for sure and see how he takes that. I've asked for his vet records so we should be getting those soon hopefully. Thanks again, this site and members are wonderful!!!
     






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