Hello, Just wanted some opinions. I have an almost 5 yr old paint mare, owned her about 3-4 months. She is beautiful and looks very healthy. I know her previous owners and she has always been taken regularly to vet and given all shots, etc. She is spunky and "the boss" over our other mare. She eats well.
My question is that after we ride, even after a short ride of about an hour in my pasture (mostly walking around but some trotting, galloping), she breathes very heavy. No sounds like gasping or wheezing, just heavy, fast breathing. My daughter's 16 yr old horse doing the same ride does not breathe near as fast or heavy. My horse is active and perky and doesn't act lethargic or in pain...
Do you think it could be nerves, either on her part from still learning or sensing nervousness from me? I am gentle with her and we seem to have a good relationship, but I do feel a little anxious inside sometimes-just my nature. Do you think it could be equipment fit, bridle fit? Could I be too heavy handed on the bit and causing this in some way? Could she just be out of shape a little? Do you think she needs more in-depth tests at the vet?
I pray she is fine but just worried a little so wanted some opinions. Thanks so much for your input!!