Heave line on my new 3 year old! Help! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 12-04-2011, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 8
• Horses: 0
Heave line on my new 3 year old! Help!

HELP! I'm freaking out! My new horse has a heave line! Does it mean she has heaves? Will she be okay? What should I do? Can I still ride her? Will she die? Does this mean she has heaves?
Posted via Mobile Device
AmazingGrace is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 10 Old 12-04-2011, 11:52 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
That may not necessarily be a heave line. A heave line is usually quite pronounced. There is a bit of a line normally as that is part of the structure of the muscles for breathing. They become more developed when the horse has to push air out to exhale.
Saddlebag is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 07:43 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 5,995
• Horses: 0
Welcome to the Forum.
Does she have any other problems?
How long have you had her?
Is there any dust in her hay?
Does she cough when she is worked?
Is her breathing labored?
More information is needed her to help you evaluate her situation.
Cherie is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 8
• Horses: 0
I have rode her 3 times and I purchased her Friday. Her previous home actually didn't give her hay. Our hay is really nice T/A . I gave her a really hard workout yesterday and she didn't cough but her heave line was really standing out more then usual. Every time she would exhale it would stick out a lot!
Posted via Mobile Device
AmazingGrace is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 09:04 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 5,995
• Horses: 0
You may have ridden her harder than what her level of fitness was ready for. You should work her a little easier and give her a chance to get 'legged up' and get more fit.

I'm curious. If the previous owners did not feed any hay, what was her source of roughage? What was her diet before you got her?
Cherie is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 8
• Horses: 0
She got purina senior and grass . She was in a 5 acre field with 4 other horses. Also, should I be worried about this? Could it just be muscle not a heave line? She is only 3!
Posted via Mobile Device
AmazingGrace is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 10:48 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 5,464
• Horses: 3
Is it a heave line or is she nicely muscled?

A photo would help a lot.
mls is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 11:04 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
If you just got her 3 days ago and are that worried, why did you buy her without asking first?

BTW, 4 horses on 5 acres is not a lot of grazing especially this time of the year. Some pics would go a long way to see what you see.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 11:14 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,044
• Horses: 2
Watch a race horse breath after running a race. they are so slender and the muscles so tight, it looks like they have heave lines also.
wyominggrandma is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 05:45 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Park City, UT
Posts: 12
• Horses: 0
'Heave Line' is created by the abdominal musculature, however it is not the only thing seen in a 'heaves/heavy' horse. A horse with heaves or COPD/RAO essentially has allergic reactions to mold/dust in hay/barns/etc. They usually have a few common clinical signs: cough a few times when warming up during riding which stops after they are a little warmed up, a clear or slightly opaque nasal discharge at the onset of coughing or while eating, they may cough while eating hay - especially dusty or moldy hay, and they have a 'heave-line'. The 'heave-line' is important to differentiate from normal hard breathing - it is actually a double expiration. Basically, they exhale a normal amount (showing the line especially when out of shape) and then they have another short exhale after that to expel the extra air in their lungs which cannot escape as in a normal horse because of the smaller/inflammed airways. If you carefully observe your horse, you will be able to differentiate an out-of-shape horse from a horse with 'heaves'.
kblakedvm is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Critique my riding: last year vs this year mac007 Horse Riding Critique 6 11-18-2011 07:16 PM
I have had Nimir almost a year...the difference a year makes! Piaffe Horse Pictures 14 09-04-2011 04:58 PM
11 year old Appy & 2 year old QH for Sale spence Horses for Sale 2 01-30-2011 07:49 PM
Line of the day! Jehanzeb General Off Topic Discussion 3 11-19-2008 04:06 AM
Heave Ho!...Won't GO!! Help! Small_Town_Girl Horse Riding 11 05-03-2008 12:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome