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post #1 of 6 Old 02-16-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Is it Thumps?

I went out to see Will today, and something strange happened. We started off with a little ground work, we did lunging and them some disengaging the hindquarters and things like that. Anyway, I heard a funny noise - like a hiccup. It didn't have that 'hic' noise, more airy, if that makes sense. I called my friend and asked if horses could get hiccups and she told me about Thumps. I came home and have been reading about them, and it says they normally occur in very active horses and happen 40-50 times a minute. Will is definitely not active, and it only happened a few times over a period of several minutes. I normally wouldn't worry too much about it, but he's not my horse. (Owner is out of the country.) I'm going to see if he the same thing happens again tomorrow, should I be worrying this much? And is it worth a call to the vet?
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Was it just one noise that you heard? Could you see his abdomen contracting? Thumps are almost always due to underlying conditions (unlike human hiccups) such as dehydration and/or electrolyte imbalances. I would call a vet if you are certain that it is thumps and not just a hiccup or two, which I have also seen horses get, because whatever is causing them needs to be treated.
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Was it just one noise that you heard? Could you see his abdomen contracting? Thumps are almost always due to underlying conditions (unlike human hiccups) such as dehydration and/or electrolyte imbalances. I would call a vet if you are certain that it is thumps and not just a hiccup or two, which I have also seen horses get, because whatever is causing them needs to be treated.
It was one noise, but I heard it several times in a row, it would stop, and then I'd hear it again. I didn't hear anything for awhile, so I hopped on him, and didn't hear it for the rest of the time I was there. From what it sounded like to me he wasn't active enough to have the imbalance or the low blood calcium, but I'm not sure. I don't remember his abdomen contracting, but I was a little floored by the noises coming from him. I guess it would be good to call the vet if I hear it again tomorrow?
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I would definitely call if you hear it again. If it *were* an imbalance (not saying it is, just hypothetically)you're right, I doubt it would be from the activity you describe. Does anyone else ride him, does he drink well, any chance he went for a while without water? It is so hard to pin down what happens when we are not around, but if you hear it again, remember phone calls are always free! Try to get a video of it, to help the vet diagnose.
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Nope, no one else rides him. He's always got fresh water in his bucket, but the other people at the barn pull him out to clean stalls, so I'll ask if they've noticed anything. If I hear it again, I'll give the vet a ring and ask a few questions.
One last thing, she didn't leave me with the vet's number. I'm unsure of vet etiquette, would it be ok to call a vet that friends have used before if he's never seen this horse, or I've never used him? I have met him to hold horses for a friend at another barn, but I don't own a horse. Or should I ask the BO what vet he uses?
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I would ask the BO for the usual vet's number, not so much as an etiquette thing, but because lots of vets don't give advice on animals they have never seen before. My horse's pasturemate had hiccups a couple of weeks ago, they sounded weird (not totally like human hiccups), but they went away by the time she came out the next day. I doubt it is anything serious going on with Will, but I tend to err on the side of caution personally! Good luck!
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