When horses work hard during exercise, the unsupported tissues overlying the nasal passages collapse, making it harder to breathe. FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips are drug-free, gently support the horse's nasal passages and are clinically proven to make breathing easier. Developed by veterinarians, the proprietary adhesive and shape memory supports provide gentle support to the nasal passages to improve airflow to the lungs, reduce fatigue, conserve energy, quicken recovery and reduce lung bleeding.
Horses at lower levels of competition often work as hard as those at higher levels. FLAIR Strips reduce the effort needed to move air in and out of the lungs, resulting in less stress on the body during exercise and a faster recovery after exercise. Help protect your horse and perform your best during training and competition.
Unlike humans, horses can only breathe through their nose. As obligate nasal breathers, during intensive exercise, horses can only breathe through their nose, not their mouth. All the oxygen horses need for exercise can only come through the nasal passages (the narrowest part of the upper airway) and a significant portion is unsupported by bone or cartilage. This unsupported portion of the nasal passage collapses inward when breathing in during exercise, which reduces the size of the airway and greatly increases resistance to air flow. This is significant because during exercise over 50% of resistance to air flow to the lungs comes from the nasal passages. Some studies suggest as much as 80% resistance to air flow. Additionally, pathological upper airway conditions (roaring, gurgling, nasal flutter, alar fold collapse) and functional obstructions (significant poll flexion) increases the work of breathing and makes it more difficult to move air into the lungs.
FLAIR Strips provide a spring-like force that gently supports the nasal passages and reduces soft tissue collapse that causes narrowing of the airways during exercise. The Strips support the nasal passages including the nasal valve, which is the narrowest part of the nasal passages, to make breathing easier.