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post #1 of 3 Old 11-12-2012, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever heard this?

While grooming my TB in his stall today in cross ties, there was a commotion outside. His young neighbour (3 yo gelding) was just being exceptionally fresh, having been confined to stall rest the last 2 weeks.
My boy got excited and nervous, not wholly unusual in the circumstances. What was unusual was that I could hear a loud thumping noise. Ba-bump, ba-bump, loud enough to think it was next door. It turned out to be my horse! I felt his heart vibrating so strongly with each thump - it was unreal! I thought of grabbing my stethoscope in my tack box but did not. As my horse calmed down his heart rate (very strong and fast thumping) became quiet and slower, and then I could no longer feel it beating or thumping, nor hear it. I know or have heard that TB's have extra large hearts or can pump more blood in their hearts, but I have never heard or experienced this before! Anyone else??
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I worked at the track for a long time and saw many horses in anxious states and in heavy exercise.....and never once could I hear their heart beating......your case is unusual....I'd b,e extremely concerned if I could hear a horses heart without a stethoscope !!!!
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I would have a good equine Vet listen to his heart at rest and after considerable hard work. A good Vet can hear murmurs and other valve problems.

I have ridden endurance horses and never had one get the 'thumps', but have seen them at rest stops. That is scary.

I believe it is when the electrical signal to the horse's heart triggers the horse's diaphragm as well. It presents itself when the horse is very stressed from extreme exercise. Those horses literally shook all over as their heat beat and and you could hear their hearts/diaphragms from 10 feet away. Sounds similar.

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