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  • Picture of a horse breath with heaves
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    08-28-2010, 11:45 PM

Hello and thanks in advance for any feedback here...I'm thinking of going to see a horse for sale, however the pictures of this horse have me wondering whether it's suffering from heaves or allergies, or something else. The horse's eyes are puffy, especially the right eye, and its nostrils flared in every picture I received.
She is 13 yrs old and came from a riding camp last summer. Just looking at the pics, does anyone have an idea as to whether something might be off? I realize the only way is to go and see the horse, then get a vet into the picture before making final decision, but if anyone has an idea as to whether there might be something amiss, it would save me a lot of driving.

The owner of this horse doesn't seem to know much about her horse and so I'm clueless at this point...

Thank you...!
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    08-30-2010, 12:35 AM
You can't tell very much from the picture, but if you go to look watch how she is breathing. I saw a horse at my vet with heaves and you could really tell there was something serious wrong. The eyes could be puffy from flies maybe? My horses eyes were all puffy today because his fly mister ran out. That is all I could say without you actually going to look at the horse in person to watch her breathe. Maybe ask for a video of her working to get an idea without actually going to see her.
    08-30-2010, 12:40 AM
SaddlebredGrl you are so right...I wound up driving four hours to see this horse and she looked sooooo much better than the pics, it was actually shocking.
Her eyes weren't puffy anymore, but there were a lot of flies around and it's very possible you're right it could have been due to the flies.

I checked her for heave lines, nothing..and both owner and myself rode the horse for some time, zero heaving/coughing/excessive or laboured breathing...just went back to munching grass when we pulled the tack off.

A slight mucous discharge but no temperature. Am calling vet tomorrow, as I really liked this horse and felt comfortable riding her.

Time will tell! Thanks again, Saddlebred!

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