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    06-11-2010, 11:03 AM
Worried about my 15 yo Paso in this heat!

Hey everyone,

I have owned my Paso for about 5 years, he is 15 years old. He has always been eager to run and work. I live in Florida and its about 90 degrees when I ride him at dusk. For the last month I have noticed that he is breathing very heavily while working out. He normally sweats plenty, and breaths hard... but recently after a good workout it takes about 45+ minutes for his breathing to go back to normal (Between 8-14 breaths per minute). Is it normal for a horse in the summer to take this long to cool? I sponge/bathe him always after a work out, but he just remains incredibly hot. Others at my barn ride their horse as long as I do, and it only takes them about half the time it takes my horse for its breathing to return to normal. After a work out my Paso used to breathe normally after a good walk, what could have changed this?

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    06-11-2010, 11:08 AM
Either he's extremely out of shape, morbidly obese, or he could have the beginnings of COPD.

How often do you work him? Is he disgustingly fat? If he gets regular exercise and is a decent weight, I'd have him checked by a vet.

Even a moderately out of shape fat horse shouldn't take 45 minutes to cool down, especially if you're hosing him off after you ride.
    06-11-2010, 11:25 AM
Most definitely agree. A horse that's in shape should return to a normal breathing rate in under 5 minutes, with about 60 bpm if you take their pulse. The longer it takes the more they are out of shape!
    06-12-2010, 02:28 AM
I don't think that even a very fat and out of shape horse would take 45 minutes to get his breathing back. I would at least have a conversation with your vet about this.
    06-12-2010, 03:09 AM
If this were my horse I would be very worried about heaves.

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