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post #1 of 14 Old 07-05-2008, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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is it a big problem?

hi! my 4 1/2 years old mare is holding one's breath for a few seconds and does a strange noise when she s doing that(only when she s on the bit). is this a problem or she s just nervous?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-05-2008, 11:39 AM
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Sounds like wind-sucking maybe.

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post #3 of 14 Old 07-05-2008, 12:24 PM
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Sounds like wind-sucking maybe.
I agree but the description is a little to vague. Does your horse regularly have any ticks? crib? What are you doing with her when she does it?
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-05-2008, 03:04 PM
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It does sound like wind-sucking to me too..hmm.

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post #5 of 14 Old 07-05-2008, 09:23 PM
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If she's windsucking, it may sound like a little inward burp.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-06-2008, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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she doesn t have any ticks. she does it only when she s on the bit and only a few times.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-06-2008, 06:21 AM
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I think I know what you mean. Vida will do this when we first start out on a ride. I'm not sure exactly what she is doing, but I think she kinda holds air when I cinch her up, then when we take off she makes a sort of groaning noise and lets the air out. Then of course I have to tighten the cinch some more
I have seen old cowboys give them a knee in the gut to force them to let the air out while cinching. I never do it but....


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post #8 of 14 Old 07-06-2008, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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i don t know what is that but i think she does it when she gets nervous.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-06-2008, 01:53 PM
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That is very interesting. I don't think I have seen a horse do it while being ridden. Can it lead to colic?
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-06-2008, 02:14 PM
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I've read that horses will hold their breath when they are anxious. Rhythmic breathing continues after they've relaxed.

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