Horses are known for their stamina. Throughout history, they are widely used for racing, pleasure riding, farming, transportation, trailing, warfare, and hunting. With all these innate abilities, these animals cannot function well without healthy lungs.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HORSE’S STAMINA STRONG?
Horses are known for their stamina. Throughout history, they are widely used for racing, pleasure riding, farming, transportation, trailing, warfare, and hunting. With all these innate abilities, these animals cannot function well without healthy lungs. Even though a certain horse has shiny hooves, smooth and silky manes, and a good diet, if it doesn’t have well-functioning lungs, the issue can greatly affect its overall health stability.
IMPORTANCE OF LUNGS AMONG THE EQUINES
The horse’s lungs are considered to be the third-largest organ in the body (first is the skin and second is the gastrointestinal tract) and has the highest water content of any organ in the body – around 90% of the lung is water. It is designed to transfer in and out large volumes of air. The equine respiratory system removes carbon dioxide from the body, helps to control the acidity/alkalinity of the blood/body, supports to control body temperature, filters gas bubbles and clots formed in the blood, releases hormones, and protects the body from inhaled foreign bodies such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc.
Average horses use 60 liters of air moving in and out each minute and during exercises, more oxygen is needed to perform hard tasks. When galloping, average horses take around 120 breaths a minute (2 breaths in and out every second) and moving 15 liters of air (a normal-sized bucketful).
COMMON LUNG PROBLEMS
Lung and airway disorders in horses are often caused directly with viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites as well as immune-related infections due to irritants or toxic substances.
Common signs to look out if the horse has a lung infection are:
• Nose discharge depending on the cause (e.g. mucus, blood, or pus).
• Dry cough
• Difficulty in breathing
• Signs of pain that is direct6ly linked with breathing.
• Grunting with breathing
• Head shaking or abnormal carriage of the head (either low or extended)
One expert has linked that exposure to environmental irritants is related to both respiratory infections and inflammatory/allergic lung disease in horses.
“The respiratory system is one of the equine body systems that is most highly influenced by the environment that they live and work in,” explains Lisa Fultz, DVM, MS, DACVIM, an internal medicine specialist from Equine Medicine Specialists of South Florida.
“A lot of people want medicine to fix something, but oftentimes respiratory
health is about optimizing their environment, whether it’s the stall, pasture, trailer or where they are ridden.”
PERFECT LUNG CARE FORMULATION
EquiPulmin keeps your horse’s lungs happy and healthy, enabling them to perform at its best during work or in racing. It alleviates lung disorders to maintain peak performance. This special formulation helps stop lung bleeding, controls allergies, supports a healthy gut, supports the immune system, opens the airways, removes mucus, stops coughing, and oxygenates the blood.