Importance of Transporting Competition and Race Horses with Effective Ventilation
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By Sales Director – PerformAir
Training our horses, and ourselves, for competitive events and races requires a high degree of commitment and emotional investment. It is therefore imperative that, in order to do justice to the effort and time we have put into preparation for events and competitions, we enable ourselves and our animals to perform to the best of their abilities.
Training, diet, exercise and grooming are all important factors in the run-up to a competition, but another vitally important part of successful preparation which is often underestimated is the transportation of animals to events.
Research has shown that animal health is affected during transit and aspects to be considered include restraints, head positioning, number of animals and ventilation.
Ventilation problems which arise are largely to do with heating (especially overheating) and pollution experienced during transit.
In Elvira Currie’s study on improving the welfare of animals during transit, she asserts that transport is “considered to be the greatest predisposing factor contributing to severe lower respiratory tract infection in horses” with the respiratory system being affected by dehydration and pollution.
Furthermore, Currie states research by Racklyeft, Raidal and Love in 2000 which found that strenuous exercise immediately after transport greatly increases the risk of respiratory infection. Therefore if your horse is suffering the effects of poor ventilation, affecting their respiratory system, it is inadvisable to let them go on to compete in any event.
Health problems related to overheating in horses and other animals include shock, diarrhoea, kidney failure, muscle cramping and stiffness. It is clear that if your animal is suffering from any of these ill effects following a journey, they will not be able to do justice to their abilities and experience in competition.
It is possible to empathise with our animals when it comes to comfortable and safe transportation. Would you want to run a race feeling dehydrated or having difficulty breathing? No; you would want to feel well-rested, well-prepared and at the top of your health. This is exactly what our animals need too.
Ventilation must be effective to minimise the risks of dehydration and pollution. Ideally a ventilation system will provide clean, consistent airflow over the animals and will be able to be used all year round.
Providing your horses with the optimum conditions for travel will ensure their comfort and health during a journey and will also help to ensure that your hard work and preparation for an event or race is not wasted.
In addition to this, effective ventilation for your horse(s) during transport can save you from expensive veterinary bills, but most importantly, you will save your animals from discomfort, stress, pain and the possibility of long-term illness. Instead you can be sure that you and your horse will reach your destination on top form and ready to win!
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