Managing Respiratory Allergies and Airway Disease in Sport Horses

A horse’s active competition schedule can make managing and treating respiratory problems challenging.
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Managing Respiratory Allergies and Airway Disease in Sport Horses
A horse’s active competition schedule can make managing and treating respiratory problems challenging. | Photo: iStock

Managing respiratory allergies and airway disease in most horses is fairly straightforward: You adapt their environment to be easier on their lungs, and you treat them with corticosteroids and bronchodilators. When tackling these conditions in elite sport horses, however, veterinarians and owners face a few more challenges.

Fe ter Woort, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, of Equine Sports Medicine Practice, in Waterloo, Belgium, reviewed how to best manage respiratory allergies in this horse population during the 2019 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held Sept. 11-14, in Birmingham, U.K

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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