Lung bleeding, also known as Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), is a silent injury that can go undetected by trainers and riders because it occurs deep within the lungs. Numerous studies show that essentially all exercising horses experience some degree of EIPH during intensive exercise. However, only 5% of horses show blood at the nostrils.
To explain why lung bleeding happens, Flair has created a new video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oy8Cm9VcGI&t= as an educational resource for the equine industry.
EIPH occurs when fragile pulmonary blood vessels in the lungs rupture during exercise. Horses don't have to gallop to bleed. Research in Japan shows that horses only cantering at speeds of up to 20 mph (a very slow canter for a racehorse) all had damage to their lungs as a result of broken blood vessels. Some studies report that horses bleed even when doing mild exercise such as trotting on a treadmill.
Reducing bleeding not only helps a horse perform better in the short term, but it may also help long term by reducing the possibility of inflammatory airway disease and chronic lung damage due to repeated bleeding episodes.
FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips are clinically proven to reduce lung bleeding during high intensity exercise. The Strips reduce bleeding by normalizing pressure across the pulmonary capillary membrane. Studies have shown that horses affected by EIPH that wear a FLAIR Strip have fewer blood cells in their airways after exercise compared to the same horses not wearing a Strip. The FLAIR Strip is a mechanical device, so it will be equally as effective every time it's used and can be used with every intensive work out.
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About Flair, LLC: Flair LLC is dedicated to evidence-based products for health, welfare, and performance of horses. Based in Minnesota, Flair LLC is the maker of FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips. Developed by veterinarians, FLAIR Strips are drug-free, self-adhesive nasal strips that support horses’ nasal passages and promote optimum respiratory health of equine athletes at every level of competition. More than eight clinical studies have been conducted on FLAIR Strips at leading equine research centers. The Strips are clinically proven to make breathing easier, reduce fatigue, conserve energy, quicken recovery, and reduce lung bleeding. For more information about FLAIR Strips, please visit http://www.flairstrips.com.
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