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Respiratory Health in Competition Horses - Key Points
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Recently released is the USEF Learning Center video, Respiratory Health in Competition Horses, featuring veterinarian and FEI dressage rider Wren Burnley, DVM.
Here's the social media & website links, followed by key points we hope will make it easy to share this educational video with your followers via stories or posts.
- Over 80% of competition horses are affected by Inflammatory Airway Disease
- "IAD is amazingly asymptomatic. Whenever we scope a horse, we often have owners think their horse doesn't have IAD at all. Yet, we often find signs of it."
- Horses have a 1-1 ratio of stride to breath at the canter or gallop. "Whenever we affect their breathing, we affect their stride."
- Subtle signs of IAD include: Cough - especially when warming up. "It's often thought the horse is coughing to clear its airway, but that's not normal for a horse." Slower respiratory recovery rate after exertion. Clear or colored nasal discharge "Your horse is not exactly right, and you just can't pinpoint why."
- "Simple changes in how we keep our barn can make a big effect on our horses and can prevent many cases of IAD."
- Preventative measures: Be aware of what's in your horse's breathing zone. Feed hay that's free of dust and breathable irritants. Minimize dust in stall, barn aisles, arena & turn-out.