We all want our equines to be in the peak of health.In trained horses, the main limitation to optimum performance are respiratory issues.In a study of horses referred for veterinary examination because of poor performance, 81% (4 out of 5) had respiratory disease, therefore it’s quite clear that if your horse or pony struggles with respiratory issues, success is likely to be elusive.
Winter is an especially worrying time for equines with respiratory issues because stabling for more of the time can lead to increased issues, so management and care of these horses and ponies is paramount.
How can you reduce the risk of respiratory challenges?
One of the major issues with respiratory challenges is air quality and by confining your horse or pony to a stable means that the air quality is likely to be poorer than in the open air. Unfortunately, after a period of wet weather, many livery yards will require stabling over the winter months and some equines may struggle to maintain weight if kept outside. Therefore, aiming to improve air quality within the stable should be paramount by assessing the quality and type of bedding and forage used. Using a dust extracted bedding and good quality forage or steaming the forage can all help reduce the risk of respiratory challenges towards your horse or pony. Unfortunately, if you do all you can, but next door is using dusty straw and a poor-quality hay then all your good work can quickly be undone!
Can feed ingredients help?
Some ingredients can help support a healthy respiratory system, so it is useful to source products containing them.
Menthol, eucalyptus and aniseed can help keep airways clear of mucus, which can help the horse to breathe more easily and therefore may dramatically reduce stress.
Antioxidants are the body’s natural defence against oxidative damage from free radicals produced during immune challenge. They play an important role in maintaining the health and integrity of all the different types of cells within the body and support and maintain a healthy immune system, which aids healthy lung function.
The antioxidant Vitamin C plays a crucial role in respiratory health. Being water soluble, Vitamin C is found in very high concentrations in the fluid lining the airways.
Horslyx Respiratory Balancer has been formulated to provide a unique two-pronged approach in supporting a healthy respiratory system. Ingredients, such as menthol, eucalyptus and aniseed support the airways, while the high specification balancer package includes the antioxidants Vitamins C and E, selenium, chelated copper and zinc to help provide optimum lung support. Horslyx Respiratory Balancer is available in 650g, 5kg and 15kg sizes.