A horse I ride at my stable, Rupert, has pretty bad breathing problems. He usually just breaths really hard, but when it's humid, he like, weazes when I canter him and jump him.
They just bought him this September, and here is the imformation I know about his problem/his history:
He was an eventing horse, even did fox hunting. One of my trainers told me that if you ride a horse that has a cold, it'll ruin their lungs, and she thinks that's how the problem began. After that, they tried to do an operation to fix it and instead of fixing it, it made things worse. . I'm pretty sure the problem is permnent and he isn't my horse. . But is there anything I can do for him other than constant walk breaks/taking things easy? Like, I'll finally have him cantering the course like I want, and then he'll be breathing too hard and I've got to stop. It bothers me and I'm sure it bothers him, too, since he has to go around and around over and over after we have to stop.
A few people have commented saying it doesn't seem to bother him, but he does throw his head up/put it down. Is that reacting to the problem or is he just doing it?
Here are some pics of what I mean..
See how his neck is back and his ears, too? Is that just his jump or is it abnormal?
You can kind of see how his head is down in this one..?