Is it bad to have heavy breathing? Is there a cure?
Hi everyone, I have a horse that has started to breath quite heavily at the age of five. It doesn't seem to affect his performance, he recovers quite quickly, no nasal discharge, doesn't cough at all, and doesn't sweat very much. In fact it doesn't seem to bother him very much at all, but the sound of his breathing is quite shocking. It tends to be at it's worst in a collected position, trot and canter. Sometimes at the trot in a collected position, he'll squeak a little, and at a gallop he will let out some purrs. Lately it seems to get better with work after about 20-30 min, but still would be loud to someone who just arrived. It hasn't really caused any problems with performance though, as he is getting the best dressage marks he has ever had (upper 70's), and going too fast In XC (Training), I have to hold him back not to blow the times. In fact we even won our last event! You would never know he had an issue at a walk or at rest, so what could it be? Should I worry? The only think I think could have caused this is that he rode in a trailer that had very dusty sawdust with all the windows down once this summer for 5 hours. That's when it first seemed to start, but wouldn't that have settled down by now?
I am having him scoped next week, does anyone have any similar stories, and if so, what was the diagnosis and was there a cure? Or does there need to be a cure?
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