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  • My horse seems out of breath on rides

 
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    01-16-2012, 05:53 PM
  #1
Weanling
hard breathing?

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)
FLAT:
Warm-up: 15-20 minutes w/t/c lots of circles and serpentines, extension and collection.
Walk break.
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 :/)
     
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    01-16-2012, 05:57 PM
  #2
Green Broke
As long as he isn't coughing or struggling to breathe I would say this is normal. The fitter he gets the less quickly it will happen.

You're not paranoid, just concerned & observant which is good.
     
    01-16-2012, 06:01 PM
  #3
Weanling
Ahh thank youuu. No he's not having any trouble breathing or coughing(: PHEWW! After I walk him up to the top of the driveway and back down to the barn its back to normal.
     
    01-16-2012, 06:37 PM
  #4
Foal
I got an off the track thoroughbred (Sebastian) about a year ago, and when I took him for a test ride he was breathing hard from me just trotting him, and I thought it was just from him being out of shape, but after I worked with him and got him to the point in training where any other horse would be in shape, Sebastian was breathing hard and took a while of walking for it to return to normal. I can't do strenuous work like jumping because he will start breathing shallow with a hollow sound, and puts his head low to get air, so I just do slow gentle work with him. I believe his problem is a broken trachea pipe or broken wind from his racing days. Does your horses breathing improve after he gets in shape, or does it always stay the same? It could be the same problem as Sebastian.
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    01-16-2012, 06:44 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Showjumper1    
I got an off the track thoroughbred (Sebastian) about a year ago, and when I took him for a test ride he was breathing hard from me just trotting him, and I thought it was just from him being out of shape, but after I worked with him and got him to the point in training where any other horse would be in shape, Sebastian was breathing hard and took a while of walking for it to return to normal. I can't do strenuous work like jumping because he will start breathing shallow with a hollow sound, and puts his head low to get air, so I just do slow gentle work with him. I believe his problem is a broken trachea pipe or broken wind from his racing days. Does your horses breathing improve after he gets in shape, or does it always stay the same? It could be the same problem as Sebastian.
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its been in the last few months that he has been breathing hard, when he isnt being ridden as much, he used to get out 5-6 days a week(MISS THAT :( ) but when he was getting out more, he would breathe hard after a long hard workout, but not much. As he gets back into shape I will make sure to check if its improving.

I don't think its the same problem as your horse(but im sorry to hear he has that problem, I would really miss jumping) but thanks for your input I will stay checking on that!
     

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