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Worried about your horse's breathing, headshaking or allergies?

Equine breathing can help!

This information is not a substitute for veterinary care.

Find answers to these common FAQs in the video below or follow the links for further info

Why is my horse's breathing loud and heavy?

Why is my horse breathing hard and fast?

Why is my horse breathing shallow and rapid?

Why does my horse breathe loud and heavy in hot weather?

Why does my horse get out of breath?

Please note:- heavy or fast breathing may be a sign of pain - check with your vet

Have you asked yourself any of the questions on the left?

Have you wondered if there is something you can do to help your horse?

Then Equine Breathing is a technique that you should be interested in

You can find out more in this overview

You can see how Equine Breathing has helped other people in these case studies and feedback from owners

Or you can try Equine Breathing yourself straight away using these free instructions for the 1N technique


What is over breathing?



What effect does it have on the horse?














What should my horse's breathing be like?




How do I know if my horse is over breathing?







Can over breathing be reversed?

Over breathing is where more air is taken into the lungs than normal. Over breathing becomes a habit and chronic over breathing is quite common in horses as it is in people.

Over breathing has a direct, damaging and fundamental effect on the physiology and can result eventually, in a wide range of symptoms. These include symptoms such as sweet-itch, headshaking and lack of energy which are not generally thought to be related to breathing.
Over breathing becomes more obvious when the horse is active or worked, with loud, heavy or even difficult breathing. The over breathing horse may take a long time to recover after exercise.
The horse may lack energy, or alternate between high energy adrenalised behaviour and lethargy.
Over breathing becomes more obvious in warm or hot conditions.   more...   Extreme cold may increase breathing.

Looking at the nostrils, normal optimal breathing is imperceptible at rest, with no movement or sound. Whereas movement or flaring of the nostril during the in breath indicates over breathing. See examples in the video or read   more...

If your horse has chronic symptoms, or behavioural problems such as anxiety, excitability, nervousness, irritability, aggression, windsucking, weaving, box walking etc then they over breathe. If they do not have symptoms there are certain signs that indicate over breathing, including the shape and performance of the nostrils. more...

Yes, with Equine Breathing training the horse is able to reduce their breathing back down towards normal and this enables the physiology to recover

Why does my horse get out (short) of breath?












Why does my horse lack energy?

Why is my horse lethargic?




Why does my horse get symptoms like sweet-itch or headshaking?

Horses that over breathe don't get enough oxygen. This is because the body needs carbon dioxide to enable it to use oxygen but over breathing reduces carbon dioxide levels.
To get more oxygen the horse needs to reduce its breathing in order to improve carbon dioxide levels. But over breathing is linked to adrenaline production in a vicious cycle, the one encouraging the other. So the over breathing tends to get worse over time unless it's addressed. When a horse over breathes they use more of their lung capacity at rest and therefore have less potential to increase lung capacity during exercise.

Again, the effect of over breathing in reducing oxygen availability means that muscle cells are more readily starved of oxygen and have to go on to anaerobic respiration instead, which provides only a tiny fraction of the energy produced when oxygen is available - hence low energy levels and lethargy.

Horses with symptoms over breathe. Many people do not realise that over breathing has a direct and damaging effect on the physiology which can eventually manifest in any of a wide a range of symptoms.
If you don't believe this you could give yourself symptoms in a minute or so just by over breathing! Simply take very big rapid breaths until you feel the effects. Remember to breathe gently afterwards to reverse the effects. However, I don't recommend that you actually try this and certainly don't do it if you have a medical condition. There are numerous ways in which the biochemical changes resulting from over breathing impair the physiology so that normal healthy functioning is compromised. More....

My horse has COPD - what can I do to help?







How soon will my horse stop head shaking (itching, coughing, wheezing etc)?





Why does my horse yawn / snort excessively?

You can help your horse by doing Equine Breathing with them. Owners report good success with COPD (see a case study video).
and it's easy to try Equine Breathing using the free instructions for 1N. Improving (reducing) the breathing helps the horse to breathe more easily and get more oxygen and it reduces adrenaline production so it's soothing for them.

Every horse is different so there is no set time but if you do 1N for 30 minutes a day for a week I would expect you to be able to judge the effect. People commonly report an immediate reduction in symptoms but it can take much longer for the body to heal completely.

Excessive snorting or yawning are signs of over breathing. Over breathing is damaging to the physiology and can lead to symptoms so even if your horse has no other symptoms atm, I would encourage you to reduce the over breathing to relieve the excessive yawning / snorting. It's easy to start Equine Breathing using the free instructions for 1N.

What is Equine Breathing?







How does Equine Breathing work?











How much does it cost to do Equine Breathing?







How do I find an Equine Breathing Trainer to help me?

Equine Breathing is simply a way of training breathing back towards normal levels. It enables owners to help their horse recover from chronic ailments and behavioural problems. Equine Breathing is natural and holistic. It is not a veterinary procedure and anyone can do it using the free instructions for the basic technique of 1N. Equine Breathing is soothing and relaxing and horses enjoy it. watch video

A common problem in horses (and people) is chronic over breathing. It is damaging to the physiology and can result in chronic symptoms.
Equine Breathing works by training the over breathing back towards normal levels. The damaging effects of over breathing on the physiology are reversible. As the breathing is improved, the physiology improves and the body heals itself.
This process is known as holistic healing and it's very different from treating specific symptoms with drugs or procedures.

It costs absolutely nothing to do Equine Breathing using the 1N method. It's easy to learn from the free instructions.
If you find that 1N benefits your horse but you don't have time to do as much as you and your horse would like, then you can buy a Breather for a more powerful and efficient effect. These come with their own training DVD.

It's not usually necessary to get help from an Equine Breathing Trainer. Most people can do Equine Breathing using the free instructions and videos for 1N and then if they would like more help there's a 30 minute 1N training video
Those then wanting a more efficient and effective method can buy a Breather - all designs come with their own training DVDs. There's also a range of courses available and facebook support groups (headshaking, COPD, windsucking). Clare is always happy to answer queries and provide support to anyone using or thinking of trying Equine Breathing.