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    12-10-2010, 04:18 AM
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Green Broke
should i be worried about his breathing

Ok I got a new horse and i've had him for a few weeks now. When I got him I was told he was unfit due to being out of work for about 8 months. He has to do quite a bit of walking or just a bit of trotting and he starts making noises when he breathes. It doesnt sound so much like he's out of breath but he kind of whistles. From what I know of he has only done barrel racing and he was sold to me because he wasnt fast enough. Im only using him for pleasure and riding lessons. He can go for a big canter in the paddock and be over the other side of the paddock (about 2-3 acres) and you can hear it clearly. When he starts this he doesnt even really break into a sweat like he's been working hard. So should I be worried, could there be something wrong with his lungs/breathing?
     
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    12-10-2010, 05:13 AM
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Started
I would invest in having him scoped to see what is going on... it isn't that expensive and is well worth the money
     
    12-10-2010, 05:39 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Sounds like asthma. Can horses get that? Don't know.
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    12-10-2010, 05:49 AM
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Green Broke
This might sound a bit stupid but im new at owning horses. What does it mean to get him scoped?
     
    12-10-2010, 08:12 AM
  #5
Started
They will send a scope "up" his nose and LOOK to see what is going on. It sounds like COPD but without checking you won't know
     
    12-10-2010, 08:17 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Ok thanks
     
    12-11-2010, 02:11 AM
  #7
Super Moderator
Could this be what is called "Roaring"? I know almost nothing about it, so you do the research and educate me, ok?
     
    12-11-2010, 03:02 AM
  #8
Green Broke
My grandparents had a broodmare you could always hear breathing....it was just because whoever had owned her when she was younger had raced her when she had a really bad cold. She now has a bit of a whistle/wheeze.

The lesson horse I ride "roars", and it doesn't affect him at all, it just makes his breathing sound heavy. It sounds really throaty.

If it doesnt affect him at all, I (personally) wouldnt be worried....but if he was showing signs of shortness of breath and needing frequent breaks because of puffing really hard, then I would call the vet.
     
    12-11-2010, 06:53 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Thanks I'll do that it doesnt seem to bother him its just something i've noticed.
     

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