Ok so last week I worked with this little haflinger that I have been working with and riding for some time now. When I got her out of her stall, I noticed she was sweaty on her neck and chest but it's florida and I thought maybe she was running around out in the pasture before they brought her in (just came in from pasture) so I didn't think too much of it. After I worked with her, I noticed she was breathing heavy, kind of huffing and puffing although we had only just been doing walking mostly ( a little trotting on the lunge line) but I thought maybe she's just out of shape. I hosed her down until her breathing seemed more normal and then put her up. That was sunday, today is wednesday. So today I went to go ride her. When I got there, the horses were still at pasture while their stalls were getting cleaned. They were all just standing around grazing just outside the barn, waiting to be let in. They were let in, fed their grain etc... my little haflinger only gets a little grain because she is a FAT little girl and all she does is eat eat eat...so she was done in no time. I went up to her stall once she was finished and noticed she was huffing and puffing, like she had done sunday after I was done working with her. And her chest and neck were rather sweaty. I thought maybe with the excitement of coming in and eating??? I went and checked the other horses and they were all breathing just fine, relaxed. So I waited a bit and went back and checked on her. Same thing, huffing and puffing. I thought maybe I'm imagining things and she's just SNIFFING to see if I have treats. So I stood there for a while and she went back to ignoring me...but she was still standing there with her head down, breathing like she had just run a race and was out of breath. What would cause a horse to breathe like that???? I know that she eats just fine, she pee's and poops just fine (I saw them clean out her stall). I just don't know if her owner will pay for a vet to look at her so I'm wondering if anyone knows what would cause this.
Once my friend and I rode horses at this place where you could rent them and go on trail rides. My friends horse started breathing like that shortly after we started off on the trail ride. When we were done and brought the horse back, the manager type person that was there asked one of the girls that worked there, why the horse was breathing like that. The girl replied 'he always breathes like that' but the woman was more concerned. She said get that saddle off that horse and said that the girth was too tight. So after last sunday, I thought maybe I had over tightened the girth. But today, she didn't have a saddle on, hadn't been ridden or lunged. Nothing.