Article: Protecting your horse’s respiratory health

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Recurrent airway inflammation and COPD (heaves) in horses can have many underlying causes, but high levels of stable dust are known to play a key role in perpetuating, if not initiating these conditions.

With hay, bedding, arena dirt and so on, stables tend to be rather dusty places – even when well kept and cleaned.

It’s not what settles but what lingers in the air that is of most concern, and studies have found that levels of airborne dust in equine barns are often in ranges that are known to cause airway disease in people and lab animals.

This article takes a look at simple measures that can have a big impact on improving air quality inside the barn, making it a healthier place for both horse and human.

Breathing Room” was published in TROT magazine, January, 2010 and is one of the articles included in the course-pack for Equine Guelph’s online course Management of the Equine Environment.



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About Lindsay Day, REMT

Lindsay Day is a Registered Equine Massage Therapist and award-winning writer based in Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of the two-year equine massage therapy program at D'Arcy Lane, and brings to her practice over 20 years experience riding and working with horses. With a strong commitment to promoting the health and welfare of horses through her work, Lindsay uses massage to help horses find ease of movement and comfort in their bodies, so they can feel and perform their best.