Items

Forums
What is That Noise
 By Saferaphus   •   22nd Dec 2018   •   206 views   •   0 comments


Whinnies and neighs are normal horse noises and often the sounds that horses make are one of the few things that a non-horse person knows about horses. But horses do make other noises. Some are vocal, and some have other origins. Horses have a larynx that is similar to ours, and that is used to make some types of noises, but not all, that a horse might make.

Hiccups
If youíve ever had the hiccups, you know how annoying they can be. Horses can get hiccups of a sort too. A horse with the hiccups will produce a little cough and in their midsection, you may hear a thumping noise, which is why the condition is called Ďthe thumpsí. Or more correctly synchronous diaphragmatic flutter or SDF. SDF is caused by an electrolyte imbalance and dehydration which is why itís not unusual in endurance and race horses. Another odd cause of SDF are blister beetles that live in alfalfa. When a horse has SDF, the muscles all over its body may twitch and it can have a fever. If a horse has developed severe SDF, a vet will administer fluids that contain electrolytes. Without proper rehydration SDF can be fatal.

Burps
The way a horseís digestive systems is made means that a horse usually canít burp like a human. The valve between the esophagus and stomach does not let anything back up once it has been swallowed. In some horses, the esophagus or stomach may be damaged, blocked or malformed, and this allows air to leak back up. Right after a nasogastric scope procedure, some horses might make a burping noise. If a horse is a cribber, it may certainly make belching noises - and not necessarily when biting on the stall door, fence post or tree. Some just bear down, clench their teeth and suck in air. So these horses really sound like they burping, but they are really wind sucking.

Squawks at the Trot and Canter
If youíre ridden a stallion or gelding, you might hear a strange squeaking noise with each stride of a canter or trot. Some people describe it as a groaning, creaking or squeaking noise. The noise is made when air gets pulled into the sheath. Often its associated with tension and doing some schooling to get your horse more relaxed may make the sound go away. Some people think a cleaning will help, but that may not be true, unless discomfort from a dirty sheath area is causing the horse to be tense.

Flaps
If you ride a mare, especially one that has had a foal you might hear a flapping noise. This is caused be a flabby udder. Chances are, once the mare has regained her pre-foal condition, the flapping noise her udder makes will go away. There unlikely to be any real problem, other than an annoying noise, although there is a slight possibility of irritation in the udder area that would then need to be treated with a wound lotion. It doesnít look like any lingerie company offers bras for mares yet.

Stomach Gurgles
If you put your ear up to your horseís abdomen, youíll probably hear a lot of gurgles, whooshes and sloshes. This is perfectly normal and is a sign that your horse has a healthy digestive system. What you donít want to hear is silence. This means your horseís food isnít moving through its system the way it should. Reduced gut sounds, or no gut sounds at all are colic symptoms.

Wheezing While Ridden
If your horse wheezes while ridden, there could be a few reasons. A constriction or growth in some portion of the windpipe can be one cause. Blockages of the larynx, caused by a growth or other blockage can cause wheezing. A condition called laryngeal hemiplegia or roaring is caused by a paralysis on one side of the larynx. A vet can help you sort out this type of problem.

Noisy Breathing
There are numerous reasons why a horse might wheeze, gurgle, or sound raspy while they breathe. Conditions of the soft palate, collapsed windpipe, damaged larynx, or pharynx, the membrane that sits between the mouth and sinuses can cause a horseís noisy breathing. Congestion can cause burbling and raspiness. Sudden changes in your horseís breathing warrant a call to your veterinarian.

Flatulence
Then there is that noise. The one that can reduce little horse crazy girls into fits of giggles when it comes out of the back end of their favorite school horse. The passing of gas is really important, and an indication that your horse has a normal function digestive system. Changing your horseís diet can cause extra gas, and some foods are more gas producing than others. As long as there are no other symptoms like signs of colic or diarrhea, gas isnít a problem.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  What is That,
Horse News More In This Category:  Equine Disease and Prevention      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 Related Horse News
What is That Cough
6th Jun 2018   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
In Eastern Canada, a contagious disease is quarantining stables and shutting down events. Streptococcus Equi, a bacterial infection better known as strangles, has even shut down the famous RCMP musical ride. Strangles presents its ...
What is That Noise
22nd Dec 2018   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Whinnies and neighs are normal horse noises and often the sounds that horses make are one of the few things that a non-horse person knows about horses. But horses do make other noises. Some are vocal, and some have other origins. ...
What is That Smell
1st Jan 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Your horseís ears usually smells like the rest of the horse, with a waxy odor. If there is a foul odor, itís probably a sign of Otitis Externa. This can be caused by allergies, ticks and other biting insects, an injury, a foreign ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Saferaphus
When Your Horse Can't
18th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Any time you see your horse canít do something it normally does with ease itís time to call the veterinarian. Hereís what it could mean if your horse canít... ...
Long Distance Horse Ownership
16th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
My horse always been an easy keeper, but over the last year Iíve noticed that sheís a little leaner than usual. Every winter, with less work to do and full access to a round bale, sheís usually on the plump side. But, the last two ...
Horse Praise and Rewards
14th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
When it comes to horse training, timing is incredibly important and whether your reinforcement is positive or negative, it needs to be done with split second accuracy. Praise in itself doesnít mean anything to a horse. Your parent ...
Horse Bling History
12th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Last summer, near a seaside resort in Bulgaria, archaeologists found a burial mound that contained 40 pieces of harness decoration. They are estimated to have been buried there in 333-250 BC. The pieces included round motifs simil ...
Where Horses Should Not Be
9th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Horses look beautiful in pastures and theyíre easy to admire as they lean over a stall door to greet us. We admire them as they work in farm fields or clearing brush, stand sedately on streets to control crowds or in the show ring ...
Barn Ice Management Solutions
6th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
This has turned into one of the iciest winters Iíve seen in a long time. Many horse owners are worried about the safety of their paddocks for people and horses. There have been quite a few news stories of horses rescued from icy p ...
Tennessee Walker Soring PAST Act
5th Mar 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
Another bill in front of the current congress is commonly known as the PAST Act or Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693. Although that is how it appeared when first presented, it has now been renamed in honor of Joseph ...
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act
28th Feb 2019   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
As of January 30th, an act to prevent horses from being sold for slaughter and human consumption has been re-introduced by U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Vern Buchanan. ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2019   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
152 Members Online 243,784 Registered Members 2,541 News Articles 10,633,987 Unique News Article Views 239,920,183 Website Views