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  • Horse is breathing fast with flared nostrils. It is hot and humid out
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    09-14-2008, 07:40 PM
fast respiration

My wife and I have noticed that our 24 year-old pasofino mare has been breathing very fast the past week or so. I measured nearly 50 short breaths with slightly flared nostrils each time in only 30 seconds. She is at rest... feeding only. This has persisted for several days. Did she eat something that does not agree with her?

She is a little overweight and recently had a mild case of founder. She is no longer on her medication and seems to eat normally. We have only had her for about four months so we don't know much about her history.

Any input would be welcome. Thanks in advance.

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    09-14-2008, 07:44 PM
Could she be in pain? Sometimes increased respiration rate can be due to pain. Founder is quite serious and its possible its causing her considerable pain. But even so, a respiration rate of 50 is extremely high for a horse at rest.
    09-14-2008, 07:49 PM
I suppose it is possible. She has stopped limping and no longer has difficulty turning like she did. She was laying down a lot when it was at its worst, but now only lays down about once a day... her usual. I think I still have some of her pain medication. I will try giving that to her and see if her respiration slows.

I did take her pulse... about 50.

Thanks for the swift reply.
    09-14-2008, 07:51 PM
Could it be from the heat? We are in Florida and it is hot and humid here, especially since Tropical Storm Fay went through two weeks ago. We have noticed she does not seem to be sweating like she used to. Could she be having a kind of horse heatstroke? Is there such a thing?
    09-14-2008, 08:03 PM
Green Broke
That's high. Call the vet.
    09-14-2008, 08:10 PM

OK... reading up... it looks like anhydrosis. She stands panting in the shade most of the day but never sweats. Treatment consists of hosing her down to cool her off a couple of times a day. If that does not make an immediate difference, we will call a ($)vet($).

Thanks again to all.
    09-14-2008, 10:08 PM
Green Broke
The thing is, what if it isn't? I realize vets are expensive, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Some things can turn bad so quickly.
    09-15-2008, 06:07 PM
Either pain or anhydrosis is a possibility from her history. It would be a good idea to take her temperature when you go out to get her before hosing her down...will help indicate whether she is overheating or in pain.
    09-15-2008, 06:15 PM
We wet her down today and put a 24" fan under her favorite tree along with her hay and water. Her respiration slowed to half what it was almost immediately and has remained stable all day. Except for the constant panting, she is eating and acting normally, just standing around in the shade the way you would expect on a hot day. She seems to like the fan.

I am now certain that this is anhydrosis. She is not sweating at all and it is very hot here. I do not have a thermometer, but will buy one tomorrow. I am much less alarmed than I was yesterday, but will continue to monitor her closely. Thanks to you all for the help and advice.


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