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kmdstar 02-02-2010 11:23 PM

Weird breathing/puffing/snorting thing after running in the cold?
 
I was lunging Starlite tonight, w/t and a little bit of cantering. I asked her to 'whoa' - she stopped, looked at me and like...seemed like she exhaled really hard twice.

She did this a couple times last winter, I only remember because I was like WTH?!?! It's always after she runs(trots or canters) in the cold - I can't ever remember her doing it in summer, and she always has her head held high when she does it.

She's done it this winter enough to notice but not enough to really worry. I thought I'd ask about it anyway, I'm just wondering if it's something to worry about or just a weird thing she does, or maybe because it's cold she breathes differently?

But she always looks at me when she does it, it almost looks like she's doing it with attitude!

I'll see if I can describe it better (I don't have any videos of her doing it), she'll either do it while she's still in motion (anything but a walk) or at a stop. She raises her head, looks at me and then exhales hard, almost sounds like a rough snort...sorry that's the best I can explain it, I've never seen a horse do it before so it might be a very common thing. I'm just a worry wart so I wanted to make sure it was nothing to worry about...hopefully it's not. http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...es/redface.gif

Just wanted to add that it could maybe be confused with a cough, but is NOT a cough. Definately comes through her nose, not her mouth.

dressagebelle 02-02-2010 11:28 PM

It sounds like you are talking about something that my horse does as well. The only difference is that my horse does it whenever she gets over excited, or hasn't been out in a day. She runs around, and when she stops, she throws her head up, and exhales really hard through her nose, and makes a snorting type noise. I would describe it as a hard blowing that sounds similar to a snort, but more powerful because of the force of the air being pushed out of the nose. She does just a normal snort when she's wary of something, or something has spooked her a bit. As far as I know, its just something she does. She has no problems or anything, she's just giving a bit of attitude, and making her presence known. She's an Arabian if that makes any difference. Unless she's having problems breathing, or is really snotty, I wouldn't be too concerned.

kmdstar 02-02-2010 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by dressagebelle (Post 540995)
It sounds like you are talking about something that my horse does as well. The only difference is that my horse does it whenever she gets over excited, or hasn't been out in a day. She runs around, and when she stops, she throws her head up, and exhales really hard through her nose, and makes a snorting type noise. I would describe it as a hard blowing that sounds similar to a snort, but more powerful because of the force of the air being pushed out of the nose. She does just a normal snort when she's wary of something, or something has spooked her a bit. As far as I know, its just something she does. She has no problems or anything, she's just giving a bit of attitude, and making her presence known. She's an Arabian if that makes any difference. Unless she's having problems breathing, or is really snotty, I wouldn't be too concerned.

Phew! I was a little worried...okay alot worried LOL. My horse is a standardbred/quarter horse but alot of people thin she's Arabian, she reminds me of an Arabian whenever she does the snorting thing because of the way she stands which is why I said she looks like she's giving me attitude hahah.

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I happen to think she does a good Arabian impression! LOL some people SWEAR she's arabian if they see her running around like that and they won't believe me that she doesn't look all that arabian when she is settled down. She actually looks more like a Morgan when she's mellow!


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LOL okay sorry, I know no one looked here to find out what breeds my horse can look like. Sorry! :lol:

dressagebelle 02-03-2010 12:25 AM

She's very cute. I've known other horses to blow like mine does, but never really paid much attention, and then I got my horse. I didn't turn her out for like a week cause it was pouring rain, and as soon as I could get her out, the first thing she did was run around, stop and blow, then run some more, then stop and blow. Weirded me out the first time. Wasn't sure if she was spooking at something or what. But it just seems like her norm. She's definately got attitude, so I know what you mean. She likes to give me lots of sass if I don't spend enough time with her, or leave her in her stall for a day.

trailhorserider 02-03-2010 02:31 AM

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My new Foxtrotter mare does that when I ride her. When she gets overly excited about something, say some dogs running around as we ride by, she will stop and do that blowing thing too.

She reminds me of an Arabian also, because she's a fleabit grey with a refined head, and she get's excited easily. So far she's only done it when I ride alone, but I think it will make an impression when I ride with friends, lol!

Here is Isabelle, my gaited "Arabian." :lol:

PS. I was watching a TV program on animals in Africa, and I don't remember if it was some type of antelope, wilderbeast or what, but one of the animals made just about the exact same sound when it smelled a lion! So it must be a common herd animal alarm sound.

smrobs 02-03-2010 04:50 AM

Yeah, not something to really worry about. A neighbor horse nearly caused me to have a heart attack one night. I was riding Dobe and all of a sudden, from the dark, comes this God-awful sound. It scared the crap out of him and me both. Then I heard the hoofbeats in the pasture where the sound came from (it was too dark to see) and figured out that it was a horse. After that, I have started to notice that John does the same thing when something really spooks him.

LadyDreamer 02-04-2010 01:13 AM

Wow are you sure that is a Standy/QH? Not saying those two breeds are ugly, but your horse is really fine and really pretty(Standie fan and QH fan here). She looks like a big hackney to me, especially in that pink blanket pic. If that is a QH/Standardbred, then those were two exceptionally pretty horses.

And no, your girl has nothing wrong with her. Being a Saddlebred person, I am kind of desensitized to them blowing their nose. I think it is very expressive and just adorable. They are feeling good, aired up, and showing off.

It almost sounds like a whale breathing.

kmdstar 02-04-2010 03:22 PM

Haha, thanks everyone! I tend to turn tiny things into big things with the horses but sometimes I don't think you can be too paranoid.

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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer (Post 542041)
Wow are you sure that is a Standy/QH? Not saying those two breeds are ugly, but your horse is really fine and really pretty(Standie fan and QH fan here). She looks like a big hackney to me, especially in that pink blanket pic. If that is a QH/Standardbred, then those were two exceptionally pretty horses.

And no, your girl has nothing wrong with her. Being a Saddlebred person, I am kind of desensitized to them blowing their nose. I think it is very expressive and just adorable. They are feeling good, aired up, and showing off.

It almost sounds like a whale breathing.

LOL don't worry, that's not the first time I've heard that! That's what we were told, I have a picture of her mother who was said to be full STB.

Here's the pic of her mother...not a very good one, though.
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I don't know any of her pedigree, I so wish I did! I'd be really interested to see her sire. She's definately 'special', whatever she is! LOL. She's very versitile, it's my favorite thing about her. She also does great breed impressions, as you can see! I've had sooo many people guess so many different breeds.

Tasia 02-04-2010 08:27 PM

My horse does it on cold days after hard work. Or he starts breathing hard when he gets scared.lol


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