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post #1 of 8 Old 10-08-2010, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Panting horse

I have a pony who is 16 years old (shetland x welsh cross), and she is 12.3H and I have had her since she was 10. Lately when I have been riding whatever the weather and with a proper warm up she is always panting. I am like 4"10 and I weigh like 80 pounds am I too heavy? I am starting 4-H soon and I would like to know sooner rather than later if I a too big for her. If I was too big for her I would not sell her I would save up for another horse and keep her, but I don't want to hurt her and 4-H is a lot of work so she would be working quite a bit. Every single time we canter she does it rain or shine. She never used to do it that is why I am concerned. I've attached the pictures. I usually wear proper shoes and I always wear a helmet, BUT I was outside and my sister already had a camera so I just hopped on quick to take the pictures. I know I should not have and horses are unpredictable, but it was time efficient . I ride with a halter and bareback at home, but at lessons I ride english and western with a bitless bridle. I really would be crushed if I couldn't ride her, but I don't want to injure her. Also do you think that 4-H is too much for her? Thanks, Emily and Rosie.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 12:13 AM
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i dont think you are to big for her at all. I think its from being overwheight, she is rather chubby. so i would start putting her on a diet and more excersise

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks I thought that could maybe be part of the problem, but I couldn't even tell if she was chubby anymore haha A little biased when its my own horse though :P
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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could maybe be *the* problem not part of sorry
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 06:03 AM
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I think your fine. I used to own a pony just like that. How weird. Good luck with her. Get her working and her breathing should get better.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 11:40 AM
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Your size is fine for her and yes she is overweight. Even with her weight problem though, I kind of think I can see a heave line starting. I'd be thinking about COPD/heaves or just allergic airway disease.

It sounds like you have her in regular work, so that is what makes me think there is more going on here than just a fat pony. Definitely try to take some weight off of her and if it doesn't improve you might want to do some research on COPD. If she gets worse at all, then it is time to call the vet. The thing with allgergic airway/asthma in horses is that you want to treat it sooner than later because it can progress into a chronic disease (COPD). Not trying to scare you, just helping you learn about the health of your pony! You two are very cute together.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-10-2010, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for all of your input I will definitely work her more and I will do some research on COPD. Vet is coming out to do fall shots soon so I can ask him then about it too.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-11-2010, 12:55 PM
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Yea, I'd definitely say it's probably because she's overweight. She does look quite chunky lol, but she's very cute none the less.

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