Respiratory problems are the underlying cause is a significant number of poor performance cases. Signs can range from struggling to improve fitness levels, pulling up during fast work or prolonged recovery times to spotaneous coughing, noisy wind during exercise, nasal discharge, bleeding from the nostrils and/or mouth or increased respiratory rates and/or effort at rest or during exercise.
The respiratory system may be divided in the upper and lower tract and includes the nostrils, nasal passage, guttural pouches, sinuses, pharynx, larynx (throat) , trachea (windpipe), bronchii and bronchioles (small airways) and lungs. Clinical signs and the type of work up required depends on where the problem is likely to be located.
Full assessment of these problems are available using digital endoscopy; respiratory fluid sampling; ultrasonography and radiography where necessary. For horses exhibiting respiratory problems during exercise we can arrange overground endoscopy which allows us to assess the pharynx and larynx dynamically during work, typically on the gallops at Lingfield Park. We also work closely with world renowned soft tissue surgeon Safia Barakzai providing your horse with world class treatment should this be required.
We aim to provide you with the most current treatment therapies available. Medical treatments for respiratory conditions can be challenging to administer and/or require expensive equipment. To ensure all our clients and patients have access to the best level of care we can provide, we have invested in equipment such as the Flexineb inhaler and nebuliser and are happy to hire this out should it be appropriate. Please contact us to discuss this or anything else in more detail.