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  • Horse holding breath when being ridden
  • Cinching horses that hold their breath

 
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    07-05-2008, 12:00 PM
  #1
Foal
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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    07-05-2008, 12:39 PM
  #2
Started
Sounds like wind-sucking maybe.
     
    07-05-2008, 01:24 PM
  #3
Showing
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Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose
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?
     
    07-05-2008, 04:04 PM
  #4
Showing
It does sound like wind-sucking to me too..hmm.
     
    07-05-2008, 10:23 PM
  #5
Yearling
If she's windsucking, it may sound like a little inward burp.
     
    07-06-2008, 07:10 AM
  #6
Foal
She doesn t have any ticks. She does it only when she s on the bit and only a few times.
     
    07-06-2008, 07:21 AM
  #7
Showing
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....
     
    07-06-2008, 07:28 AM
  #8
Foal
I don t know what is that but I think she does it when she gets nervous.
     
    07-06-2008, 02:53 PM
  #9
Showing
That is very interesting. I don't think I have seen a horse do it while being ridden. Can it lead to colic?
     
    07-06-2008, 03:14 PM
  #10
Weanling
I've read that horses will hold their breath when they are anxious. Rhythmic breathing continues after they've relaxed.
     

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