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  • Horse snorts and roars when running
  • Horse roaring after gallop

 
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    12-03-2008, 10:06 PM
  #1
Yearling
Roaring?

I never even knew that this was a problem with some horses. I never even knew about it until today when I read about it in my animal science textbook.

But it's got me worried about Athena.
Roaring is apparently when a horse breathes in deeply, and one of the vocal cords (I think) doesn't move up all the way and thus creates the roaring sound.

Athena does when she's really excited. She'll prance around, gallop, buck, rear, do what excited horses do out in the pasture then she'll stop all of a sudden and... roar.
I always just thought it was an Athena thing. She's never had trouble breathing or anything like that. She never does it any other time only when she's running around excited. She's a very fast horse and loves to jump so the whole roaring thing hasn't affected her in any way like that. She's always done this. Since it's not a big deal does that mean that she doesn't have to have surgery? Or is it something that has to done no matter what?
     
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    12-03-2008, 10:42 PM
  #2
Weanling
How severe it is varies greatly from horse to horse. I boarded a TB mare that was a roarer from what I understand theres a flap of skin that tears loose and shuts off their air part way. Over about 3 years this mare got worse to the point that when she would come in with the other brood mares from pasture I could hear her long before she came into sight.

The owner had surgery done on her which wasn't complicated or real expensive and she was fine after that.
     
    12-04-2008, 11:44 AM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
She'll prance around, gallop, buck, rear, do what excited horses do out in the pasture then she'll stop all of a sudden and... roar.
So, she runs around just fine and all of a sudden stops and then roars? This may be a stupid question, but are you sure she's not snorting? A lot of fresh horses will gallop around, stop (usually with their head up) and snort really big. I'm not an expert on roaring but there was a TB at our barn who had this problem and it would be a sound he made every breath while exercising.
     
    12-04-2008, 04:55 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by upnover    
So, she runs around just fine and all of a sudden stops and then roars? This may be a stupid question, but are you sure she's not snorting? A lot of fresh horses will gallop around, stop (usually with their head up) and snort really big. I'm not an expert on roaring but there was a TB at our barn who had this problem and it would be a sound he made every breath while exercising.

You know what...
You're probably right. Thank God!
I guess I just read about it, and thought of Athena. She's more than likely just snorting very loudly. Lol
I guess I over reacted.
Gawd, I feel so stupid now haha, she's just the only horse I've heard do that so loud before. You can literally hear it all the way down the road.

So if I'm understanding it right, horses who do have this make the sound after every breath they take?
     
    12-04-2008, 05:25 PM
  #5
Yearling
She's making the 'dinosaur snort', as I call it. Where it doesn't sound like a traditional snort, and a little more like a 'roar'.

Roar-ers, however, do not roar 'once'. It's a uncontrollable chronic condition where the horse will make the sound in time with it's breathing.
     
    12-05-2008, 07:03 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
I guess I over reacted.
You sound like me when I read medical journals! I go around thinking, 'could I have crone's disease?' the worst was when I read all the symptoms of pregnancy! Yikes, I was paranoid about being pregnant for MONTHS!
     
    12-05-2008, 08:15 PM
  #7
Trained
No roaring is a constant thing. You hear it every breath.
The horse my mum is riding is a slight roarer, not bad enough to need vocal chord removal though. We call him the "fire breathing dragon" because when he trots and canters with every breath he makes a dragon noise :P
I know two other horses that have both had vocal chord removal for roaring. One has had a lot of complications with it because he had strangles before too, and the other one is fine. They both sound like idiots when they try to nicker or whinny though haha!
My boy does that stallion snort thing when he's playing too. He also does it when I'm lunging him and I stop him to turn around haha.
     
    12-05-2008, 10:21 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by upnover    
You sound like me when I read medical journals! I go around thinking, 'could I have crone's disease?' the worst was when I read all the symptoms of pregnancy! Yikes, I was paranoid about being pregnant for MONTHS!

Well, now I know I'm not the only one.
     
    12-05-2008, 10:21 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
We call him the "fire breathing dragon" because when he trots and canters with every breath he makes a dragon noise :P
     
    12-05-2008, 11:30 PM
  #10
Foal
LOL Don't you LOVE those medical texts that turn you into a hypochondriac? I was SUCH a horrible psychology student...

Roaring is typically where half of the larynx is paralyzed. When normal horses start breathing hard (during exercise, for example), their larynx expands equally to allow more air into their lungs. When they are suffering from larynx hemiparalysis, the paralyzed side actually collapses into airway. This then pushes the vocal chords in the way, which is why you can hear the roar.

Scout, an OTTB that I had high hopes for, had a really bad roar to the point where it affected his air intake, and therefore his athleticism. I had him scoped and the vet let me look at his paralyzed airway. It was pretty cool!!!! (well, cool to see but crappy that I couldn't turn him into an eventing horse and had a really difficult decision ahead of me) Because of him, I know WAY too much about this condition.

BACK to my hypochondriac tendencies - when I got Cirrus, he started snorting and I immediately thought "Oh my God, I got another roarer!!!" I nearly had a panic attack....lol
     

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