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Want Better Performance? Here’s Five Interesting Respiratory Facts

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Optimum respiratory health is essential for hard working horses

Maintaining a healthy respiratory system in hard working horses is critical for performance. Environmental variables including stabling, bedding, feed, weather, travelling, indoor arenas and high-intensity work can all challenge pulmonary and airway health, so good management is key.

Equine Respiratory Tract Facts

• After lameness respiratory problems are the most common cause of poor performance in horses

• At full gallop, a horse breathes up to 1800 litres of oxygen per minute, which is around 50 litres per second. Maintaining a healthy respiratory system is therefore vital

• Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) is the updated term for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to advances in understanding of the similarity of the condition to human asthma

• Interestingly, horses have a lower cough reflex than humans, so substantial irritation and/or inflammation can be present before the horse starts to cough

• Inhaled drugs are the treatment of choice for many RAO horses, rather than medication given in feed

Lung AidHow is the ReadySupp Lung Aid Supplement Designed to Work?

For horses with a respiratory challenge, or even those working at peak levels who are kept in stables, extra respiratory support can be beneficial. Designed to be given on top of a balanced diet, the Lung Aid respiratory supplement contains ingredients that help dampen the horse’s natural inflammatory processes, boost antioxidant capacity, help soothe and dilate the airways, and help the horse expel excess mucus.

ReadySupp Lung Aid contains a powerful blend of respiratory-supporting ingredients including:

  • Vitamins E and C – powerful antioxidants help break the cycle of harmful free radical destruction in inflamed, irritated lungs, limiting damage and helping to promote healing
  • Micromineral zinc – can help natural healing in the airways
  • Herbs including garlic, thyme, plantain, rosemary and elderflower are known for their antimicrobial, expectorant, and antispasmodic properties
  • Citrus extract for its potent antioxidant properties

It is recommended to feed Lung Aid to all horses and ponies with respiratory challenges. It is also recommended to feed before long-distance travel when airways are compromised.

Essential Considerations for Respiratory Health

Optimum performance relies on a healthy respiratory tract, follow these rules to help maintain health in your horse:

• Keep your horse outdoors as much as possible, this is not always possible when travelling and competing but turn-out is essential, and the benefits are wide

• Ensure good ventilation in stables and dust them down regularly, dust-free bedding is widely available. For particularly sensitive horses, remove them from the stable to outside when mucking out to reduce exposure to dust from unsettled bedding

• Choose clean, dust-free bedding, avoid deep litter and muck out thoroughly every day. Avoid straw which carries spores

• Dampen bucket feed, and feed haylage, or soaked or steamed hay to limit inhaled dust and allergens

• Ensure a balanced diet with adequate intake of antioxidant nutrients including vitamin E and zinc, and consider supplementing vitamin C, to support immune health and healing

• Use the power of herbs to support respiratory function, when formulated in competition safe supplements they are well known to help support a ‘clear wind’ and improved function

If you have any questions on equine supplements, and want to improve your horse’s health, performance, or attitude give our friendly team a call 01672 541 157 for advice. We won’t try and hard sell you anything – we promise.

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