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    09-07-2008, 10:57 AM

Does anyone have any experience with this? I've done internet research, so I know the basics. Scout was roaring really bad yesterday (when I got him, the owner told me he had ulcers...shame on me for believing trainer worked for his vet, and I trusted her opinion, and I also trusted the owner who works for the same vet - stupid stupid stupid). The vet came out right after I took him home, gave him a physical, and said he was OK except for his breathing on the lunge line.

I haven't had a scope on him yet, because the only place to get the surgery is up in Fort Collins and I simply don't have the money if it comes down to surgery. Do you know if being in shape has anything to do with it? Yesterday was the worst the roaring's ever been - but I lunged him for about 20 mins and was riding him for about 45 mins. He hasn't really been worked for three months (for a horse that's used to being in really lean shape), and I've managed to get him to gain about 100 lbs. On top of that, I was riding him, adding to his weight.

Could the roaring be worse because of these factors? Or is it like asthma and it doesn't matter how good of shape you're in - you're going to have trouble breathing?

Now....on to the general forum for my rant about yesterday.
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    09-07-2008, 04:11 PM
Honestly I don't know the answer to your question b/c I have never had to experience it, HOWEVER I can't wait to read the responses & learn.

I hope you get to the bottom of your problem soon! Best of Luck.
    09-09-2008, 01:33 PM
I have a mare that developed heaves(?) 2 yr ago and found she has allergies so started her on shots and she did better but then this yr last of July and this week it got hot and dry and I've had to give her Dexamethazone. I've found as soon as it rains things get better. I still ride her but when this happens I don't try to ride her. I'm not sure about roaring except surgery doesn't always work. You might read on this( and other problems) on To see what you can find out. Hope this helps.
    09-10-2008, 09:42 PM
*Vet update*
So I talked to my vet, and I've decided to get Scout scoped to see what is going on (mostly just to verify the one-sided paralysis that she thinks it is). If it is, my only option is surgery. What happens is one side of the larynx is paralyzed, so when Scout is working hard(ish), the side that is paralyzed doesn't open (as it should to allow more air). It gets worse over time, and trying to get him into shape will only make it worse by over taxing the muscle. I'll post after he is scoped to let you all know what is going on.

I still would really really like to hear from anyone who has experience with this!
    09-11-2008, 04:59 AM
If you do chose the surgical option, your horse won't be able to whinny.... but I'd still go for the surgery as not being able to whinny is going to be way less distressing for the horse than not being able to breathe properly. Actually, can he whinny at the moment? I'm just wondering because if half of his larynx is paralysed then I don't see how he can whinny to start with hmmm lol don't mind me! I am always asking weird questions!

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