FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips were developed as a result of our experiences as equine veterinarians. For years we noticed that working horses experienced a collapse of their nasal passages when breathing in during exercise. We also knew that unlike humans, horses only breathe through their nostrils. Our basic understanding of airflow dynamics helped us appreciate that partial collapse or narrowing of the nasal passages caused by negative pressure of inhalation during exercise increases resistance to air flow. In the mid 1990’s, we wondered if it was possible to improve air flow in the horse by applying an external nasal passage support similar to the BreatheRight® strip used by human athletes. Our review of the equine research literature revealed a void in the knowledge regarding the role of the nasal passages in the horses’ breathing and respiratory health.
Now, over 15 years later, we are pleased that our initial “what if” question has provoked significant University and private clinical research. More than 7 separate clinical studies, several physiology and veterinary textbook articles, numerous symposia, presentations, discussions and debates confirm our original hypotheses. We have been awarded over 15 U.S. and international patents directed to technology embodying the discovery that by supporting the external wall of the nasal passages, nasal strips reduce upper airway resistance and exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in horses during exercise. Since their introduction at the 1999 Breeder’s Cup races and the 2000 Olympics, the Strips have been regularly used for training and competition by world class professional horsemen as well as amateur owners around the world.
We at Flair, LLC are proud of the work we have done to raise awareness in the scientific and equestrian performance communities of the importance of supporting equine nasal passages to optimize equine health and performance.
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