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What is wrong with my horse?
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nat    Posted 03-14-2004 at 18:09:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my horse just recently started breathing a little differently when i run him. He is a very old horse but i dont think that has anything to do with it. I dont think he has the copd disease because it is not that bad...if you have any advice please tell me! All he is doing is breathing more labored and more noisily

Michael M    Posted 03-15-2004 at 03:51:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, has he gained any weight over the winter? If the feeding and exercise of horses isn't modified for winter, they often do, and also, just like us, if the amount of exercise they get in the winter is less than in warmer months, they get out of shape. This could cause some heavy breathing when run in the spring. Was your horse wintered in a barn for the most part? Did you feed him the same amount as the rest of the year and ride him less? If so, he might have gotten a little barn stale, and it might take a bit of outside exercise and training before he is in top shape again. Just some thoughts.

nat    Posted 03-16-2004 at 19:46:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks a lot...i think it is all of the spring grasses and after a rain we had some nearby hay got moldy and even though he did not eat it i think thats what it was...because i rode him a lot this winter

LH    Posted 03-14-2004 at 19:23:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be heaves, or something brought on from dusty or moldy hay. Try changing to a good clean hay if you havent already done so.

nat    Posted 03-14-2004 at 19:37:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for you know if heaves can be only a little bit of asthma when he runs?
how long will it take before he is better?

LH    Posted 03-14-2004 at 22:34:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Again lots of things including parasites can cause problems like you mentioned. If your hay isnt dusty and he seems fine otherwise you might want to consult a vet, or get a Mercks vet manual and read up on the problem

nat    Posted 03-16-2004 at 19:44:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have some moldy hay that was sitting near his pen for a while...i think that is what it you know how long it will last...when should it go away?

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