Many leisure and hack horses experience chronic airway inflammation most often because of allergies to hay and other forage. Horses may be stabled in dusty environments or may be administered poor quality, dusty or mouldy hay. Chronic inflammatory airway disease (IAD) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) results in reduced performance and persistent wheezing and coughing, even at the lower levels of performance required for leisure riding and hacking. Vaccination may also be neglected in these horses which increases the likelihood of airway inflammation.
Both IAD and COPD impact performance and quality of life. RESPIRON contains Echinacea, seaweed, oregano, garlic, rosemary and vitamin C. Echinacea is a potent immune stimulator and supports the local immune system in the horses’ airway to fight infectious diseases. Vitamin C and rosemary are both are excellent antioxidants and it has been demonstrated that vitamin C is required in additional amounts during inflammation. RESPIRON also contains garlic and oregano. Garlic and oregano have antibacterial and antiviral effects and garlic is also a mucolytic which thins mucus, so it can be more easily cleared from the airways.