Someone just called from the barn to say that my horse has the hiccups! I guess it's been going on for about a half hour. I was told that every now and again, she will stomp her foot. Is this any kind of big deal? What would you do for a case of the hiccups anyway? Someone at the barn said that her horse will get hiccups and they just go away.
Pretty silly post! I hope this hasn't already been asked a ton. There is always something new with horses.
They are normally harmless and should go away by themselves. They are, apparently, annoying. One of my horses used to get them and would then kick out with one hind foot in frustration. I found TTouch along the rib cage would stop them but then when I stopped the TTouch, they would start up again.
Usually they just go away. In my horse I think they were due to tension.
east central Illinois and working north to the 'burbs
I think you will find that hiccups in horses have been referred to as "thumps" since the 1830's. They are a somewhat different condition than that which is experienced by humans and can cause problems. It is always wise to at least touch base with your veterinarian and discuss what is going on. ymmv
I went out and checked on my horse last night. She was not hiccuping. She seemed happy, energetic and fine-- ears up and demanding attention. She hasn't seen hard work in a long time. Hoping it's just a silly blip. Thanks for the comments!
My same horse with the hiccups will hold her breathe if you tighten the girth too fast. One time, she did that and then sat down and flipped over. That was a long time ago, but she's a bit of a nut. Good kind of nut.