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post #1 of 8 Old 04-03-2020, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Heart Beating Loudly

I have a yearling colt that turned one year yesterday, April 2nd. When I have him in the stall to separate him from my mare when I feed them grain. On two occasions he will spot a dog in the far field and becomes very excited about it. I can be in the stall with him, and I can literally hear his heart pounding in his body. It is so loud.

All the horses I have been around, I have never heard their heart pounding out loud the way his does. This concerns me and wanted to know if anyone else has ever heard their horses heart pounding when you were 12 feet away?
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Surprised no one replied. It sounds odd to me too, I would simply call and ask my veterinarian. Maybe another Secretariat?

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I have heard this several times, it is usually a fear reaction - fight or flight.

Does he see dogs up close? He needs to.

One mare I had was terrified of pigs and if she saw or even smelled them she would freeze and I could here her heart thumping away.
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Thanks Foxhunter!! I have two dogs that go out in the backyard often. I have never seen him react to either one. The dog he saw was a really large dog with white hair. It appeared to be a Great Pyrenees mix. It took his mind off of eating, which is hard to do.
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I remember asking this question a few years ago. It seems to be common if a horse is very worried or frightened.

My last mare was very athletic and sometimes I could hear her heart pounding when we were riding and something came out of the bushes to startle her. Or when I was leading her and she got excited.
I also heard my thoroughbred's heart pounding once when we came upon a field full of elk.
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Thanks Foxhunter!! I have two dogs that go out in the backyard often. I have never seen him react to either one. The dog he saw was a really large dog with white hair. It appeared to be a Great Pyrenees mix. It took his mind off of eating, which is hard to do.
It is odd to me how so often horses can be frightened by something that is live and white!

Had one young mare who was exceedingly worried about any white horse she saw, best part was that she was a grey!

Another time I had two weanlings turned out together and the girl who was working with me rode towards them on a grey mare and the foals took off, jumping the railings and bolted up the road.

All I know was that by the time I caught them my heart was beating hard!
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Foxhunter, I can imagine trying to catch two yearlings running down a road would make your heart pound as well. It is scary for an animal to get loose around cars. So many people just keep running down the road at high speeds with out a lick of common sense.
I am glad that it turned out OK.

I can only imagine what it will be like riding down the field roads and the colt spotting a coyote or a deer. At least I will be able to hear his heart beating when he spots it.

When I turn him out in the lot after seeing the dogs, he does an extended trot with his tail stuck out straight. I do wish that he could get close to the dog to know that it will not hurt him.
I am sure glad that there are no bears around here!! Ha-ha!!
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I'm always amazed that they can get that scared and still have enough sense not to go galloping off. I can't hear my horses heart beat but you can feel it when you are on them and they get terrified. My mare had a bit of a freak out over a turtle. It had gotten trapped between down trees for a couple days and had a smell. I had to tie her to a tree and go rescue it. It was still alive and probably very happy to go back in the pond where it came from.
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