12-11-2010, 03:02 AM
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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.