Foal in NICU
Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs, and in horses it most commonly affects foals. However, mature horses—especially young, athletic animals under stress and geriatrics with compromised immune systems—are especially susceptible to life-threatening bacterial, fungal, or viral respiratory infections that can lead to pneumonia.

Transportation and choking on feed are also common risk factors. Once a horse has pneumonia, the disease is costly to treat and often leads to hospitalization. Prevention is the best approach to pneumonia, and early intervention is the best cure.

To help horse owners and breeders better understand the disease, Butterfly Network and TheHorse.com have teamed up to bring you Equine Pneumonia Awareness Week Nov. 7-14, 2021. Look for equine pneumonia educational content all week on TheHorse.com, our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and in our e-newsletters.