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  • My horse is breathing hard and veins popping

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    09-16-2010, 11:44 AM
Need help asap

We just got back from a ride about 15 min ago, when coming up the driveway my husbands horse started breathing rapidly, nostrils flared out. My husband walked him, but he is still doing the same thing. He is not sweaty, we did not work the horses hard and only walked the last 1/2 hour home.
He did drop his manhood at the trailer when untacking and smacked himself on the belly a few times, then dropped himself again after 15 min walking.
My husband did let him take a couple swallows of water a few minutes ago.
He is till breathing rapidly, nostrils flared, his veins are popped out on his legs and chest, no sweating. All I can think of is choke, but didn't eat anything on the trail, and is not drewling...
Any help here? Should I call the vet asap?
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    09-16-2010, 11:46 AM
Yes ma'am, call the vet.

Veins popping should indicate sweating. The horse may have anhydrosis. Your vet will know better what's going on.
    09-16-2010, 12:05 PM
Vet is on his way
Could he just suddenly developed anhydrosis though? He was a bit sweaty under his saddle, but that's it. My horse was pretty wet on his neck half way through the ride after we took a short canter, but was dry when we got back, its a pretty cool windy morning.
His temp is also elevated. He is not breathing as labored, but is still breathing quite rapidly
    09-16-2010, 03:39 PM
Let us know what the vet says. Not to highjack your thread but I have a question... Is it not normal for a horses veins to pop out after a work out??? Crickets veins pop out after a work out, but she is sweating though... her breathing is normal.....
    09-16-2010, 03:41 PM
Please let us know what the vet has to say. Rapid breathing is very worrisome.

Reining, it's completely normal for a horse's veins to pop out after a workout.
    09-16-2010, 03:47 PM
^ Yea I'm pretty sure that's normal after a good workout and she's sweating. ETA; speed racer beat me to it!

Vet was here, he has slight bronchial pneumonia. The new gelding Jacy must have brought it in. The vet checked out Jacy too, he only had slight scratchiness in his lungs, so probably just had the tail end of it when we brought him home. Guess that's what we get for not quarantining. So Noah is being treated with penicillin and smz, and Jacy just on smz to get the rest out of his system.

Everyone else is pastured seperately and seems fine, just need to keep an extra eye on everyone now.
    09-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Okay, that all makes sense, then. If he has pneumonia, of course he's going to be gasping for air even if he's not sweating. Poor guy. Will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
    09-16-2010, 03:50 PM
Aw poor guy, but at least that will go away after some treatments. Thank you for answering my question!
    09-16-2010, 03:52 PM
Didn't want to keep editing my reply, but wanted to add - By the time the vet got there, Noah has perked up and was breathing fairly normal. His temp had dropped back down to 102.2 which is still high, but it was 103.8. He is out grazing at the moment and seems pretty comfortable.
    09-16-2010, 03:56 PM
Good! They're delicate, but can also be amazingly resilient.

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