Respiratory

chestnut horse lying down in a stable

Equine herpesvirus outbreak spreads through Europe forcing cancellation of FEI World Cup Finals. An Equine Herpesvirus outbreak in the Spanish city of Valencia has locked down the equestrian sector and forced the cancellation of the FEI World Cup Finals. The first case was diagnosed in early March as the neurologicalRead More →

An endoscopic examination of a horse's airway

We all know that asthma is a common respiratory disorder in people but, did you know that horses get asthma too?  “Equine asthma” is a broad term that has recently been used to describe a spectrum of non-infectious respiratory diseases in horses, previously known as broken wind, heaves, chronic obstructiveRead More →

A racehorse ridden bit-free has a much easier time breathing.

Bit-free Despite overwhelming proof that horses can be ridden and driven bit-free, riders and drivers who enjoy competitive sports are widely prevented from making this choice for themselves and their horses because relatively few of the disciplines’ equipment rules allow ‘bitless’ bridles. A growing number of groups are lobbying sport’sRead More →

Horse on treadmill. Diagnosing Mild Equine Asthma

Diagnosing Mild Equine Asthma. Veterinarians and engineers at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a tool help diagnose mild forms of horse asthma. Behind lameness, respiratory issues are the second-leading cause of poor performance in sport horses but often, symptoms are subtle and difficult to spot, particularlyRead More →

equestrian sport

Upper respiratory infections are a significant problem across all equine industries and within the racing industry, in particular. Studies have demonstrated considerable economic losses resulting from subclinical disease (when horses don’t look obviously sick, but are performing below expectations) – from acute infection (when horses have nasal discharge, a coughRead More →

Close up of horse bleeding from nose. Exercise-induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage

History and presenting complaint  Exercise-induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage: Poor athletic performance or expistaxis (bleeding from the nose) are the most common presenting complaints for horses with exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage or EIPH. Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose) generally occurs during or shortly after exercise and is first noticed at the end ofRead More →

Horse in stable, behind bars with quarantine tape in foreground. Biosecurity. Equine Herpes Virus

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) causes horse owners and breeders a large amount of concern due to its potentially devastating effects.  The virus is ever-present in the horse population worldwide and cases of Herpes virus infection are seen sporadically across Australia. It can cause mild to life-threatening disease affecting the respiratoryRead More →