K-State study could help horses breathe better while racing - KCTV5

K-State study could help horses breathe better while racing

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Those who watched the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes may have seen I'll Have Another was donning a special accessory - a breathe right strip adapted for horses.

The same idea behind the strips that go across a person's nose and helps them breathe easier were tested on horses in Kansas.

Doctors at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine tested thoroughbred horses wearing the flair nasal strip. The horses ran on an equine high-speed treadmill and what K-State researchers found is the nasal strip does in fact help horses.

"If you close your mouth and (closes mouth and inhales through nose) breathe in deeply, you can feel the nasal passages actually collapsing so this flair nasal strip sits right over the area where the nasal passages collapse and there are three little springs in that flair nasal strip that tend to keep those nasal passages open," Dr. Howard Erickson, Emeritus Professor for KSU Veterinary Medicine, said.

No horses will be allowed to wear the nasal strips in Saturday's Belmont Stakes because the strips are banned in New York state.

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