July 9, 2011 - The Equine Respiratory System

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Trade Zone: The Equine Respiratory System

The respiratory tract of the horse, which moves extremely large volumes of air in and out of the lungs, is a highly specialized organ system that serves one primary function: to exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide. Compared to humans (whose respiratory tract is highly specialized for speech) and other mammals, a horse inspires and expires a staggering amount of air.

“At maximal exercise, a horse’s upper airway is subjected to marked fluctuations in flow and pressure during inspiration and expiration,” explains Dr. Jon Cheetham, from the department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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