How to do it

1N (one nostril) is a simple and basic method of Equine Breathing. Using the free instructions and videos below almost anyone can do it with their horse whatever their size or age!

This means that you can try Equine Breathing and see the effect on your horse for yourself without spending any money. Once you are sure that 1N is effective you can continue with 1N or consider buying one of the various types of Breather. Breathers are more powerful and efficient and come with full training videos.

1N (one nostril)

  • Safe and simple
  • Easy to learn
  • No equipment needed
  • Its free!
  • Horses enjoy it
  • Encourages healing at a gentle rate
  • Easy to do and yet can have significant benefits
  • Relaxing and calming

To be sure that Equine Breathing is effective for your horse, do daily sessions of 1N for a week and assess the results.

Please note that even if the symptoms completely disappear in the week, it's important to continue doing Equine Breathing until the horse regains normal breathing, which can take much longer.

Getting Started

The free instructions and this video which is the first part of the 1N training video should enable you to get going with 1N. 

if you want more details there are the Starter Guide and the full 30 minute 1N training video available on the Products and Courses page

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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Horse not getting it?

If your horse finds it hard to let go and enjoy 1N at first, don't worry. There are exercises you can do to help.

Simple 'Control of Movement' exercises can be surprisingly effective in enabling a horse to appreciate the pleasure of 1N.

'Soft Start' 1N exercises provide a very gentle effect particularly valuable for horses with high levels of over breathing.

You can see how to do both in this article and video

Soft Start 1N

Using a Breather

If you find that 1N helps but can't do it for as long you and your horse would like, you can buy a Breather, which is more powerful.

There are three types of Breather to suit all kinds of horse care so that Equine Breathing fits easily into your daily routine.

All come with full training videos to provide an efficient, effective and safe Equine Breathing program.

The All Weather is the easiest Breather to use. It has the mildest effect and can be used over long periods in any weather conditions which makes it very useful in the relief of hay fever, headshaking, sweet itch, COPD /breathing difficulties etc.

The Grazing Breather is more powerful and can also be used over long periods but only if conditions are dry or inside in a stable or stall.

The Equine Breather is the most powerful Breather and is used in designated 'Breather sessions' of an hour or so, which is useful if you only see your horse once a day.

More details on each type of Breather are on the Products page.

See also issues 31 and 44 of Horse Breather to help you decide which Breather is most suitable for you. If you have any questions please send an email.

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Using a Nose Net

The Equine Breathing Nose Net Plus works in the same way as ordinary nose nets re headshaking but in addition has a mild Equine Breathing effect. It can be used on its own, or for best effect as part of an Equine Breathing program using 1N or a Breather.

A Nose Net can be helpful in the first days or weeks of Equine Breathing until headshaking and hay fever symptoms disappear.

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More options

The various Equine Breathing courses provide a fast way of learning how to run an optimal Equine Breathing program. Courses range from 2 hour tutorials to telephone/skype courses to 10 hour courses over 5 days, and are specifically tailored to the group or individual’s needs and interests.

If you have a flair for observation you may be interested in participating in an Equine Breathing trial. You record progress as your horse recovers, and benefit from detailed support and advice to run an optimal Equine Breathing program.

Courses and workshops Trials and case studies

Using your management system to help your horse

More natural living conditions best supplement the recovery of normal breathing and health using Equine Breathing. Some aspects of your care regime may be unalterable, but if you are able to make some changes the following are helpful;

  • Full turn out in a herd and with continuous grazing
  • Barefoot
  • Good hoof trimming
  • Use of horse's own coat only for good thermoregulation
  • Unrefined salt freely available
  • Handling and training that is enjoyable and increases trust
  • Plenty of exercise in balance with horse's inclination

On the other hand, factors that encourage over breathing, counteract the healing effect of Equine Breathing. It’s impossible to say how much of a detraction this will be. You may wish to discuss the options with your professional advisors such as your vet, but if and where possible avoid / reduce the following as much as possible;

  • Stabling, box rest or box weaning
  • Restriction of activity and movement
  • Time alone with no socialising through physical contact
  • Incorrect hoof management
  • Feeding of concentrates with long gaps in between meals
  • Rugging and clipping
  • Stressful situations
  • Unnecessary drugs and chemical treatments.