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Foal sounds congested/makes "snoring" noises

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Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 46
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a filly that is very big/strong/active. She is making some noises-- sounds like congestion or even gentle snoring. It's not all the time, but intermittent. If I scratch her withers and she puts her head up as high as possible, I usually hear the noise, but not continuously. It will be once or twice, then it stops. I'm guessing it's occuring about 5% of the time-- enough that I hear it several times a day, but far from continuous. (Naturally she did not do it at all while the vet was here.) Sometimes when she eats her foal pellets from a bucket I am holding approx waist high, I hear the noise. So it's not specific to ONE head/neck position.

She is vigorous, eats and plays. She does not have a cough or a nasal discharge, and her temperature is normal. It does not get worse when she exercises, I am just as likely to hear it when she is standing quietly as when she has just run and bucked and played hard. I have had the vet out, who carefully listened to her lungs and trachea, and declared everything "OK".
I'm stumped! Any ideas? I am obviously pleased that her lungs are clear-- as that was my first concern. While I am relieved that's ruled out, I still am concerned.

(Message edited by divaranch on May 10, 2008)
 

judy cervantes/chenoa born 3/30/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Judy1

Post Number: 403
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Beth i know what you are talking about i have a 6 week old foal that makes that same kind of noise,sounds like snoring when hes sleeping and a gargley noise sometimes when he eats.
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 47
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 01:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Judy, well at least then someone knows what I'm talking about... has your vet given you any clues what this could be? Are your foal's lungs clear too?
 

Jane
Breeding Stock
Username: Dizzykizzy

Post Number: 255
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 02:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well my last years baby has always done this and still does and he's almost 11 months now. When he was gelded the vet said she had never heard a horse snore so loud as he did! She said it isn't a problem unless they do it after exercise.
 

judy cervantes/chenoa born 3/30/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Judy1

Post Number: 406
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 02:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Beth,yes his lungs and very thing is good,i dont worry about it any more because he is a very active little man and he nurses good ,poos good.i did notice this more when he was just a few days old even when just standing around but he i guess has grown out of it so its not that much any more.How old is your foal now??
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 48
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 07:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mine is 5 weeks old today, Judy. She's been doing it at least a week.
 

judy cervantes/chenoa born 3/30/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Judy1

Post Number: 407
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 08:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

beth so its something that she just started.humm not sure then.but if the vet is not worried about it i would just keep an eye on it.



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