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post #1 of 4 Old 02-04-2019, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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If you read my eairlier post I just had a 21 year old horse pass due to colic. Obvisouly I am watching my horse now extremely close. Possibly to close. Anyways we got another horse, Star. A 14 year old quarter horse. She is very spunky. My horse Anne, age 20, is doing a lot better with her. But the thing is the horse that passed was very laid back. And so anne never ran a lot. I worked with her some but never did a lot of running because she was very accident prone and it seems like she is always hurt. Well she was out running with star and they were playing. She was breathing hard when I brought her in but I overlooked because they were just running. But about an hour later anne was still breathing around 35 or 40 breaths per minutes after Star had calmed down. It did worry me. Everyone is telling me it is because she is older and out of shape and she will be fine. But I am worried. I am going back out today to see how she is doing but I am worried. While she was breathing she had her ears back but no other signs of pain. I am just really worried and would love answers. Thank you!

Edit: we can’t get her to the vet right now unless it is an emergency because we have a 2k vet bill from out other horse. Obvisouly if we need to we will take her. But I would like some time to get some money for it. Though you can’t always have time
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Take her temp. It sounds like she is having trouble cooling down. If she isn't sweating enough or overheating and can't cool down then you need to find a way to get her cool. Not being fit also impacts respiration but she should still recover fairly quickly. Short of those two things some type of respiratory issue may be what is going on.
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Read up on equine COPD also known as heaves. It's fairly common for older horses to have a mild case. It can be managed easily by watching exercise tolerance, environmental dust and other irritants. There are some inexpensive OTC cough formulas (I like Cough Free). Always check her vitals and listen to her lungs to make sure there isn't a secondary infection.
It may just be her deconditioned state, but even if it "just" mild COPD, that shouldn't keep her from being a good riding horse on appropriate terrain.
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Read up on equine COPD also known as heaves. It's fairly common for older horses to have a mild case. It can be managed easily by watching exercise tolerance, environmental dust and other irritants. There are some inexpensive OTC cough formulas (I like Cough Free). Always check her vitals and listen to her lungs to make sure there isn't a secondary infection.
It may just be her deconditioned state, but even if it "just" mild COPD, that shouldn't keep her from being a good riding horse on appropriate terrain.
Thank you so much. She was breathing normal yesterday and I went ahead and did a complete health check and everything seemed fine. The area isn’t super dusty and she has never had this problem before but she has also never had anyone to try and keep up with. Thanks again
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