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post #1 of 21 Old 03-20-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Nose Flaring!

My horse Shaggy has started breathing really hard(well hard then normal) and his nose is flaring and I don't know why! I'm really scared cause My cousin's horse started flaring really bad and eventually became a Non-Sweater (can't remember how to spell the actually name of the disease (andrious Maybe?) hopefully you know what I'm getting at. I'm also scared cause I'm pretty much the in this horse thing alone cause my parents don't really know much about horses and the ppl that own the property know some but not enough for me to be confront able ya know. Also Vet is hopefully coming out tomorrow.

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-20-2012, 09:45 PM
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Well, begin with observations. Temperature, respiratory rate, sweating, water intake etc. I have a non sweater, his cycle of no sweat hasn't started yet for the year. How hot is it there?
Is he fit, or coming back into work from the winter....all of these things will contribute to his physical symptoms like flaring.
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Do you see any sweat on your horse when he works hard? Have you been working him harder than usual? He just may not be fit enough for what you are asking at the moment. Also, is the weather turning warmer in area than it has been? It may be that he is just not accustomed to working in it yet, especially if he still has some winter coat left.

If you are really concerned and you never see any sweat on your horse call you vet.
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Your horse should be seen by a vet. There are many things it could be & it's best to find out. Take his temp & count how many times a minute he takes a breath as the vet will want to know that. Pain can be a cause also so the sooner you find out the better. Good luck.
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I forgot to mention, flaring nostrils, elevated respiratory rate can be a sign of pain in your horse, also a sign of colic.
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Natisha, oops, we must have been posting around the same times!!!
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Natisha, oops, we must have been posting around the same times!!!
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The Vet is coming tomorrow. And I know it could be a lot of things. From his lungs to his heart and blood. I sat with him a long time today and he grazed fine the whole time I was with him. I did notice he had some discharge in nose too.
Horsearemypassion- I haven't worked him since all this started. I was just grooming and getting burrs off when I noticed the way he was breathing yesterday. At the time I thought it was just heat since its been at least 80 here all week and i've only ridden a hand full of times since the end of Feb. Because I had to wait on him to regain weight after being stalled so long(HE IS OUT NOW) and only twice with saddle.

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Are you talking about him just startging to do this, like today? Hours ago? Is he passing manure? Is he drinking? Is he turning around to look at his gut? Are his gums repinking? Can you hear any gut sounds when you put your ear against his belly.? These are things that horses that are colicing experience.
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-20-2012, 10:23 PM
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I'm happy to hear that the vet will be coming out to see your horse tomorrow. It could be a respiratory problem. Let us know what the vet says. Hope he feels better soon.
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