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post #1 of 13 Old 09-23-2013, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Never heard of a horse "Not Wind Broke"

I just purchased a horse that breaths loudly with minimal exercise. I was told by the seller that he is a great trail horse and in perfect health, he was just never "wind broke". Well he is a great trail horse and doesn't seem to have any problem keeping up, but to hear him breath you would think he's about to hit the ground. I have also noticed that when he eats his grass, he dips it in his water first and sometimes looks to be having a hard time swallowing. Not sure if the two are related, but would like to know if anybody else has had these issues. I am going to have a vet exam done on him, but was curious to know if anybody has heard of a horse "not wind broke".
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-23-2013, 03:36 PM
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I've never heard of that but it sounds like a vet check before purchase may have been a good idea. He could have respiratory problems which could really affect his health and performance.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-23-2013, 03:47 PM
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'Wind broke' is an old term for COPD and other breathing issues. If your horse is breathing hard with minimal exercise, he needs to see a vet.

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It's not that he's breathing hard, just loud. He never seems winded, doesn't cough, or want to stop going. I am going to have a vet check him over. I would not have left him where he was even if this is a more complicated problem.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-23-2013, 07:36 PM
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Yes, recurring laryngeal hemiplegia ("roaring") would be the first thing that comes to mind. It can be diagnosed by scoping the larynx, and there are some surgical treatments available, although none of them are particularly satisfying.
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I have heard of a horse with a "broken wind" before, which sounded similar to what you're experiencing. I would see a vet regardless...good luck!


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You should have had a vet check done on this horse before purchasing him. Roaring can be a serious issue and cost a lot of money to repair surgically. It can also be limiting on a horses physical activity.

Get a vet out to check him over and see how bad off he really is.
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I would third roaring. The horse may have had a tie back surgery (which is fairly common). During this procedure the paralyzed half of the larynx is basically "tied back" so its not flopping in the way. Which can place the horse at a greater risk of aspiration (where food/water goes into the lungs). Your horse might eat differently to accommodate something of that nature.
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I have a gelding that is famous for "roaring". I have to admit when I first bought him and first heard it, it freaked me out. I sent him to the vet and they scoped his larynx; It doesn't seem to have worked 100% but I can say that it is a bit better ;)

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