Can a horse die from heaves?
I'm not too familiar with heaves other than watering down hay.
My sister had a lawn ornament Percheron who just died suddenly at 15. He was healthy other than being a little heavey for the past few years. This morning he was fine at breakfast. When her son came back out an hour later to turn him out he was down in the stall, covered in sweat. He could not get up. Vet was called and she was told his lungs were filled with mucus, it was all the way up in his throat. The vet suggested putting him down, which they did.
My sister of course, is devastated.
Anyone ever have any experience with something like this? She is a pretty good backyard horse owner. The horses get a lot of attention. She can't believe she didn't notice something happening to him that could have caused this to happen so fast.