so recently I have only been able to ride my horse 2 times a week, sometimes three(because of school :/) and I have noticed that he breathes hard after a not so hard work-out. I don't know his exact age but he is under 15. He is not fat or overweight, and seems to be in good shape for the riding I am doing with him.
What I usually do when I ride him(or a slight variation)
Warm-up: 15-20 minutes w/t/c lots of circles and serpentines, extension and collection.
Practice dressage test or focus on some pattern or activity for 20 minutes( give or take if we are having trouble with it)
After this he is breathing hard, which I would expect, but it just seems HARDER then it should be.
He also will breathe harder when he is excited(this might be dumb, but im new to horse-ownership) does that make sense? For example a few days ago, the only place to ride was in a field near his herd, and he got pretty worked up about running to the herd, he was breathing just as hard as he does with a 45 minute work-out, and we had only been doing w/t few strides of canter.
SOOO, I guess my question is, is he breathing hard because he is out of shape? Am I asking too much of him? Does it make sense that he breathes harder when he is excited? ORRR is it a health condition and I need a vet to make sure his airways are okay, and his lungs are good?
Sorry for the LOOOOONGGG post, just being pariniod(I HOPE :/)