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post #1 of 3 Old 12-22-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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respiratory problems?

my stepdad told me my horse has a respiratory problem, but cant remember the name of it.
she gets puffed extremely easily, she loves to swim but rarely can because she cant breath properly, and she chokes on air. theyre the only symptoms i can think of at the moment.
shes an 11 year old ex-racer broodmare she just has trouble breathing at certain times. shes apparantly had it for a long time (i've had her 5 years). shes a windsucker if that helps. (yes, we do have a windsucking collar on her)
ANY ideas what it could be? i've searched on the internet but cant find it.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-23-2011, 12:50 AM
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Did he say heaves?
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Heaves is also my guess or, he could've said the modern day terminology for heaves which is COPD, the same thing they say for people.

He could've also used the term "Wind Cracked" which is an old-time term used when a horse has been made to gallop for an extended period of time that is beyond the horse's capabilities and the lungs are damaged.

Regardless of the breathing issues, the hay should be wet down or better yet, there are hay steamers on the market just for this purpose.

They are pricey so it someone in your family is handy, they could make one for a lot less money than you could buy one. Unless you get lucky and find a good one on Craig's list

There are also herbal remedies that work for many of these horses.

If the breathing problem is not brought under control, it will shorten the lifespan of the horse.
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