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    08-29-2012, 01:28 PM
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Green Broke
Question Is this a heave line?

Been reading up on my mare's allergies and have read that allergies to mold/pollen can cause heaves (apparently she does have allergies to those 2 things at least minimally, according to a allergy blood test...not sure how accurate that was, but that's another subject!)

Anyway, I've often wondered about the muscle definition she has under her belly...it goes the length of her belly and then diagonally up across her ribs. People have often told me it's from getting "stretched out" because before I got her, she was bred twice (she's 11 now and I got her from a rescue when she was 7 1/2...when they found her I believe she was a little over 6 years old (rehabbed for a year with a foster home before she came to me), and she had the second foal at her side when they found her, to give you some background).

So I'm wondering about whether that's even a possibility, or whether this is a heave line...she never coughs though, doesn't "roar" which cantering/galloping, and we Event, Fox Hunt, do Hunter Paces, Hunter/Jumper, we've done a lot of things together with no known issues with her breathing. So I'm kind of putting some feelers out here to see what others think!

This is the photo I have that shows the lines I'm referring to the most...
     
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    08-29-2012, 01:31 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Here's a shot from the other side, different day...


And here is a good one of her action, it's video of me lounging her...keep in mind that this was earlier in the year so she was still shedding her winter coat and had a trace clip going on. So the line coming from her withers across her ribs and down over her back legs is just the shave line...

     
    08-29-2012, 01:32 PM
  #3
Yearling
I've always been told that it's a sign of good body condition and fitness when you can see that line on their barrel. :3 I doubt it's from getting "stretched out" with pregnancies because I've seen plenty of geldings that have it and none of them are heavers, coughers, or roarers. In fact they're all super fit eventers. *shrug* I don't know exactly what it is, but those are my observations.
     
    08-29-2012, 01:35 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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I've always been told that it's a sign of good body condition and fitness when you can see that line on their barrel. :3 I doubt it's from getting "stretched out" with pregnancies because I've seen plenty of geldings that have it and none of them are heavers, coughers, or roarers. In fact they're all super fit eventers. *shrug* I don't know exactly what it is, but those are my observations.
Awesome, thanks for the feedback...I hope you're right!
     
    08-29-2012, 07:26 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Anyone else??
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    08-29-2012, 07:29 PM
  #6
Yearling
No, a heave line would be going the other direction, as if it were "under" the horse's lung, running from the elbow to the flank.
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    08-29-2012, 08:30 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Ok this is good so far, thanks!!
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    08-29-2012, 11:44 PM
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Trained
This is a picture of a heave line. Nothing like your horse. If your horse were heavey, she wouldn't be performing for you like she is. I suspect she is fine.



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    08-29-2012, 11:52 PM
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Green Broke
So what do you guys think the line across her ribs is?
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    08-29-2012, 11:55 PM
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Green Broke
By the way here's a link to the other thread that initially sparked my interest in the question...it has lots more pics too.

Feeding for horse with allergies
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