do horses get hiccups?

Discussion in 'General' started by horses4lf, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. horses4lf

    horses4lf Free-Soal

    hey dudes!
    quick question
    do horses get hiccups?
  2. horses4lf

    horses4lf Free-Soal

    Oh and how many chestnuts does a horse have on its body
  3. horses4lf

    horses4lf Free-Soal

  4. horses4lf

    horses4lf Free-Soal

    * Bump!!!!!*
  5. Kate F.

    Kate F. New Member

    Hiccups - yes and no. They can get something called "thumps" - which looks and sounds like human hiccups, but is physiologically different. I think thumps is a spasmodic muscle contraction that gives a twitch and "thump" sound - whereas human hiccups are digestion related. One of my horses gets "thumps" now and again - and it does look and sound incredible like hiccups! It can be caused by electrolyte loss (in horses) and in these cases can be serious - but mild attacks seem to happen for no apparent reason and pass very quickly (with about half an hour) with no apparent discomfort or distress to the horse.

    Most horses have 4 chestnuts - one on each leg - but some breeds, especially Thoroughbreds, Arabs etc (finer horses) often have less.
  6. Silvia

    Silvia New Member

    Please don't bump your post every couple of minutes. I find it annoying and it won't get you more replies
  7. horses4lf

    horses4lf Free-Soal

    ok thanks for the advise dude!!!! and ok soz bout that I will reamember that next time ;)
  8. Sexy Sietske

    Sexy Sietske New Member

    I have heard nelson hiccup
    thought he was choking at 1st and nearly had a heartattack!! then when i realised what i was i couldn't stop laughing. He hasnt done it since though.
  9. Wally

    Wally Well-Known Member

    If a mare with a foal looks like she is having an attack of hiccups, it might be milk fever.

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