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"Old Style" vs "New Style" tennessee walkers...loud breathing???

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  1. joce

    joce Senior Member

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    I have never heard about it being normal in walkers. My cousin has a walker she almost sold because of the loud nasally noises because all the other walker people she rode with insisted she can't handle trails and work. Never heard a one of them do it. She will go go go but the noise isn't after hard work but anytime. She ended up buying a second one who does not do it.

    Two vets have checked her out. We have thought her face looks a little off and she may have hit a fence or something when she was younger(no real scarring) obstructing her airway. But they kinda poo pooed that idea.

    There was an article recently in one of the horse magazines and it kind of sounded like it. Really worried me but I can't remember what it was called. Something about the cartilage supporting the airways wears down or paralyzes and the horse will suffocate eventually. The signs are the nassally noises.

    The vets told her to ignore it and some horses just do it. But I would have her checked out just to be careful. Funny thing with my cousins horse was whenever a vet comes out no matter how hard you work her she won't make the noise!

    If your looking at walkers these are the people my cousin goes riding with sometimes
    http://www.twhorses.com/
    I think theres are taller than her about 15 hand horses. Not that there are not a million walkers out there though!
     
  2. Cheyenne1193

    Cheyenne1193 Senior Member

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    hmmm never heard of "old style" or "new style" sounds like a car :p I think ours must be old style, her sire is a good 17hh and her dam is about 15h maybe 16h, and she has a super BIG head lol! And very structured. She's 2 and she's already 15h, give or take a couple inches.
    And when she lays down (which she does all the time) she grunts. I've NEVER heard a horse grunt like her when laying down. We thought she might be collicing first time we went out to find her laying down lol. Silly horse :rolleyez:
     
  3. draftlover

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    My walker cross is like that^ when he rolls, it sounds like he's going to die. It's as if he can't breathe when he lays down. He is 27 years old but still healthy.
     
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    CrazyHorse Senior Member

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    It's true that the old style is being bred out in walkers which is a real shame :( My TWH mare is a combination of old and new style and is just over 15 hands. Thankfully she inherited the good bone structure of the old style Walkers.
     
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    There is this woman in my area with a TWH stud. He is 14.2

    She has an ad out asking people with small TWH mares to let her breed to their mare for a new "Mini Walker" breed.

    I just wanted to roll my eyes out of my head.
     
  7. CrazyHorse

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    Oh brother!! :rolleyes: The new designer breed I suppose :rolleyez:
     
  8. Cheyenne1193

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    Yeah! It scared us so bad! So weird. Nice to know it's a Tennessee Walker thing lol.
     
  9. ImDunToImpress

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