Originally Posted by Polo Pony Design View Post
Panting (fast, shallow breaths) can be a sign of colic or of tying up - try the pinch test for dehydration and look at the gums. When in doubt call the your vet!
Not panting! I am sorry to be getting frustrated but it seems like no one is actually reading my description or I am not explaining it well enough.
It was the ONE inhale through nose out quickly. THEN SEVERAL normal breaths for a few minutes and then ONE quick in through nose out through nose breath. He stopped the quick inhale/exhale within 20 mins of ending the workout and was snoozing on the lead line while getting a bath.
If he was panting heavily I would have called the vet as there have been several horses who have died or nearly died from this heat and I have had a horse colic before so I know it's not something to just sit and watch about.
I stayed out there and watched him for a good hour after he had stopped doing it and waited to see if he would eat or drink ( he did both and then rolled after I had given him his bath )
I emailed my BO and she said he is doing just fine, no more strange breathing even when the temp is 110 outside.
I can see now it was a combo of the heat, him being out of shape, and me starting too quickly. I should have kept him at a walk and not asked for a trot, even for such a little amount of time.
Please read everything people write, even if it seems like a lot. It gets frustrating to have to keep saying the same thing over and over again because people skip half of what was written.