CNS Expands Nasal Strip Technology to Include Horses

CNS, Inc., is developing a nasal strip that eases the breathing of horses during racing and other high-performance events, the company announced today. The strip performed as expected in an initial clinical trial at Kansas State University, and

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CNS, Inc., is developing a nasal strip that eases the breathing of horses during racing and other high-performance events, the company announced today. The strip performed as expected in an initial clinical trial at Kansas State University, and CNS plans to begin selling it during the fourth quarter of 1999.


According to the KSU test, the FLAIR(TM) equine nasal strip makes breathing easier for horses during strenuous exercise, such as racing or eventing, and can reduce exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), a common problem for horses. The company said it planned to conduct additional studies to more completely delineate the benefits of the product.


The patented, drug-free FLAIR strip, developed by two veterinarians, is attached over a horse’s nasal passages, where it is held in place by a special adhesive. The strip’s spring-like action holds nasal passages open to maximize air flow.


“Horses expend tremendous energy and effort simply to breathe during highly competitive events,” said Daniel E. Cohen, chairman and chief executive officer of CNS. “Because the strip reduces the work of breathing, horses experience less physical stress during and after heavy exercise. The inventors of this device clearly have the welfare of the horse in mind

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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