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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

How to build his lungs?

 Guinness is starting to get fit and loose weight but I have begun to notice that after a gallop (of his own accord I might add hehe) or after a canter (both of which are usually up hill as flat is rare around us lol) he tends to snort a bit and breathe heavyer...I put it down to that hes been so unfit and his lungs aren't quite up to it as after hes done it for 2 mins hes fine...I always stop and let him catch his breath when he stops cantering/galloping but I just wondered if there was another way to help expand his lung capacity as he really does seem to love to take off at top speed when he's allowed ;) ?

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: How to build his lungs?

 gradual fitness building is better for them.. generally people say a few weeks of walk and then gradually increase trot. My YO does weeks of just walk and trot, building the trot up to about 10 minutes of working trot up and down slight inclines.. it certainly helped when it came to canter work. Flick felt better for it. 

 

Also, imo and i dont know if anyone will agree but after a hard gallop/canter i keep them moving forward, keep them walking/trotting for a little bit.. i think it helps decrease their heart rate steadier than just gallop..then stop. lol.. xx 

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: How to build his lungs?

I'm with Rosebudd on gradual fitness building, however if you feel he is fit enough to cope with it there is the potential that he could have a condition called Roaring which can be apparent when the horse does very strenuous excersise and can be a slight whistle through to loud roaring. It cant be prevented but on horses that dont do strenuous excersise i.e. racehorse it shouldn't have any real impact on them so not much to worry about. It is caused by a slight paralysis of part of the larynx so the airflow is slightly disrupted when they breathe hard. If it is this, as long as you aren't galloping long stretches every day I wouldn't have thought the odd gallop would be an issue. It may not be this, but its worth considering if his fitness isn't the issue.

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: How to build his lungs?

If it is down to his fitness then long steady walks and trots work fantastic, as has been said. If he is quite fit then i would get the vet out to check himover to make sure he is ok for any faster work.

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: How to build his lungs?

Thanks guys..I am 99.9% certain that it is his fitness causing it so I will stick with the trotting and walking (though I don't trot down hill as I'm always nervous ill fall off haha)  I appreciate all the help as usual guys :) 

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: How to build his lungs?

Took him out yesterday and took Roses comment about keeping him moving and it worked a treat...we were out for about 2 hours just walking and trotting and the very last bit he was rareing to go (v.unusual for him haha) so i let him go and then when he'd done we kept trotting then slowed to a walk and it helped a lot he had a couple of snorts and shook his head a bit but no heavy breathing. thans guys again I always find this forum so helpful, non judgemental and friendly. x

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