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post #1 of 4 Old 10-25-2009, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Roaring/Laringeal Hemopligia

Was wondering if anyone has ever had a horse with this condition and if you have had surgery to correct it? My 16 year old Morgan gelding was diagnosed about a year ago. The vet also calls it roaring, the left vocal fold (cord) is paralyzed, they will go in and tieback the fold so it stays permanently open. As of right now I can't ride him, he is to have to no forced exercise as he has a hard time breathing when exercised. I am debating on having the surgery done as it is expensive, am wondering if anyone that has had this surgery has had good luck with it???
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-25-2009, 09:34 PM
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there are several surgeries to correct this, with mixed results. Your vet can give you the best idea of the prognosis since it can vary from animal to animal.

it's actually laryngeal hemiplegia in case you wanted to google it and read up more to help you with your decision. It really depends on how much this horse means to you as a working animal, since you could have the surgery and still not be able to fully use him afterward. Best of luck to you both.

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My mother owns a roarer. He has roared basically his whole life, and has been evaluated by veterinarians. Because of other medical conditions (ringbone) he will never be used hard enough that the roaring will cause any breathing restrictions, so the surgery has never been performed on him.
And in warm-up rings, everyone knows when she's coming up behind them!
In my youth I also knew a horse that roared, had a surgery to correct it and was fine.

It really is up to you and your vet deciding what the horse is worth and whether the surgery is necessary to the horse's quality of life. If you have the means, really love the horse and your vet thinks he is a good candidate for surgery, then I would do it. If you are going to struggle to pay for it, or your vet thinks he won't pull through and his quality of life will suffer extremely (even being a pasture puff) then your best option may be humane euthanasia.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-26-2009, 11:30 PM
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My horse is a horrible roarer, it's really bad when he gets stressed. I don't know if you show or not, but i usually give my horse Wind-Aide two hours before a show, and he still roars, but it's not as loud as when i forget to give it to him and everyone thinks i'm killing him. The wind-aide helps so i never went through all the scoping and stuff, because i know someone that had the surgery on their horse and it didn't work.
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