What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Rapid Breathing Persists Longer Than Normal after Exercise


Horses that seem to breathe hard for excessive periods after exercise may be in poor fitness or could have underlying disease states.

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    Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

your role


What To Do

Assess your horse's general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) and share your findings and concerns with your vet.

your vet's role

Your vet will probably use careful physical examination and basic diagnostic work to determine whether illness is the root cause, or whether it is simply a matter of fitness.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • What training program is the horse on?
  • Do you consider the horse to be fit?
  • How is the horse fed?
  • Has the horse tolerated this exercise intensity in the past?
  • What level of work is the horse being asked to perform?
  • What is the respiratory rate and heart rate at times post exercise?
  • What are the results of the Whole Horse Exam (WHE)?

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP