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    07-25-2010, 05:49 PM
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Foal
laryngeal hemiplegia

Im wondering if anyone could help me with some questions regarding "roaring" or laryngeal hemiplagia?? I have a leased horse hannovarian/tb/shire cross. I suspect she may have "roaring'. When I got her she hadnt really been exercised at all. So the past year she has been trailriding and I noticed that she would run out of wind with cantering especially up a hill. I thought she was just taking a bit more time than expected to get into shape. This summer she has been exercised more than enough to get her into good condiiton and yet she still "sucks through a straw" after we have cantered a distance esp. Up a hill. When riding with a group it is obvious she is lacking "wind". She appears to have all the symptoms however Im confused on the noise she would be making "roaring??" doesnt sound like roaring....it sounds literally like she is sucking through a straw! You can hear the decreased airflow. Also she has had a bit of a cough if ridden when it is dusty. I know the she needs to be scoped to be sure this is what is going on. Does anyone out there have a "roarer" that could let me know what to expect for the long haul if she was to stay in my life? And what does it sould like?? How did you deal with the diagnosis...surgery? No surgery how is that going?
Since discovering that she may have this we have been doing ground work which she seems very comfortable doing. No more long canters esp. Up hill!
Thank you.
     
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    07-25-2010, 06:51 PM
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Yearling
My percheron was a roarer. He had surgery done to sever one vocal cord. I believe this was his left one. They had to do a tracheotomy and he has a large lump of scar tissue in his throat because of it. It is about a foot down from his throatlatch.

The surgery for roaring worked, but they caused him to have a cleft palate. I had to have him scoped because he kept leaking green slime from his right nostril. The hook blade that they used for some reason sliced his soft palate and caused a man made cleft.

I think this is an extreme complication though. I have read that most times the surgery is very successful.
     

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