Will it help my horse?

Does your horse have a chronic ailment such as hay fever or sweet itch; or behavioural problem such as cribbing, separation anxiety or headshaking that resists treatments?

Does your horse lack energy, get stressed or hyperactive, or fail to perform?

Does your horse get short of breath. Is their breathing heavy, fast, noisy, loud etc?

Check out the ailments list to see if Equine Breathing can help.

Please note Equine Breathing is not a substitute for veterinary care

If your horse has any of the problems listed below it is worth trying Equine Breathing

For details of owners' success with specific problems click the relevant links below or go to our feedback page and read testimonials. There are facebook groups for Headshaking, COPD / asthma, Sweet-itch and Wndsucking / cribbing.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask

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Healing from injury or trauma

Always follow your vet's advice on diagnosis and treatment but if your horse has suffered an injury, trauma or serious illness Equine Breathing may help the healing process and recovery, and soothe and calm.

The breathing of a horse that has been ill or injured tends to increase because stress encourages over breathing. Over breathing lowers carbon dioxide levels. This may be compounded if the horse's natural movement is restricted (eg box rest) as the body is unable to produce normal amounts of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is fundamental to maintaining normal physiology.

The idea is that the healing process is most efficient when the physiology is normal. Equine Breathing helps to reduce breathing back towards normal which returns carbon dioxide levels up towards normal which in turn brings the physiology towards normal.

Stressful events

Despite your best efforts to protect your horse, stressful situations are sometimes unavoidable. Events such as weaning, moving home, travelling, losing a companion, competitions, or even being ridden or left behind, can be stressful.

Some horses deal with stress with responses such as separation anxiety or stereotypies such as cribbing.

Horses generally become calmer as their breathing pattern improves, so that stress stimuli have less effect and the stress response dininishes.

A horse that is accustomed to going into the calm, relaxed 'anabolic' or 'parasympathetic' state during regular Equine Breathing sessions will more readily calm down during stressful events when Equine Breathing is used.

Equine Breathing calming a young horse at first show
Equine Breathing
NOT cribbing in a favourite cribbing place
Equine Breathing

'Stable vices'

One response of horses that over breathe is to increase their physical activity and muscle use. This may be in stereotypic behaviour such as weaving, box walking, wind sucking, cribbing or other repetitive action.

Its seems likely that because the increased muscle activity of these behaviours produces extra carbon dioxide it's the body's attempt to counter the damaging loss of carbon dioxide caused by chronic over breathing.

Equine Breathing reduces the loss of carbon dioxide and allows levels to build up, reducing the need for the continuous activity.

Equine Breathing also helps to soothe and calm the horse, enabling it to come out of the adrenalised state that drives the continuous activity.

This chronic cribber is NOT wind sucking in a favourite cribbing location, thanks to his Equine Breather.


The calming effect of Equine Breathing makes it less likely for horses to become dangerously frightened, making them safer to ride and handle.

Equine Breathing can be used on horses that get upset in situations such as loud noises, traffic, scary objects (like this digger), travelling, being left alone etc. Reactions such as bolting, barging, spooking, aggressive attacks and loss of attention to the handler can be improved.

Aggressive behaviour towards other horses may be improved using Equine Breathing.


Old horses are likely to benefit from Equine Breathing even if they cannot achieve a full recovery.  Foals can start 1N from any age as long as the usual rule is followed, that the foal enjoys the session.


To be on the safe side it is not recommended to use Equine Breathing during pregnancy unless your vet advises it. We hope to carry out trials under veterinary supervision to determine what level of Equine Breathing is suitable for pregnant mares.

Equine Breathing soothing a horse at a scary object
Craig McLaren