Equestrian & Ranch Applications
Dust issues affect us all when is comes to Arena Riding!
If riding in a dusty arena makes you uncomfortable, just think how your horse feels. A few comparisons to understand just how much more oxygen a horse is taking in: the average human consumes roughly 5 gallons per minute during light activity such as lunging and light riding. The average gas can that you will your lawnmower up with, are 5 gallons. Meanwhile, while a horse is in a walk, they consume 13-18 gallons per minute depending on their size. They’re consuming roughly 3 times the amount of air that we are.
During a heavy workout such as running a race or playing a sport, a human consumes 21 gallons/min. This amount could fill a commercial size garbage can. When a horse is at their peak, let’s say a thoroughbred running a race, they consume 356 gallons per minute ! An average bath tub holds 60 gallons, the amount of oxygen that a horse uses per minute when galloping equals almost 6 times this amount of oxygen. It makes us uncomfortable to breathe in the dust, so why do we let our horses do it?
Dangers of Dust
Not only should you be concerned about your health when you’re in a dusty arena, but your horses too. When working hard in an arena with dust, an increase in inhalation allows for dust to get deeper into your respiratory system. Horses have hairs inside their nostrils, just like us, to filter out debris. Further in their respiratory system, they have moist mucus membranes that help to capture and filter foreign material. This membrane lines the twists and turns of the airways of the horse. If the dust is captured in this part of the airways, it will be pushed back out through a sneeze or a runny nose. It can get pretty thick inside their nose, which is when you can notice a horse sneezing often when riding. If dust surpasses this defense, it will go into the tracheal and bronchial tubes. It can however end up deep into the lungs, which can cause major issues.
Dust that comes from footing can contain iron, copper, magnesium and silica. Once these particles enter your airways and your horse’s, they function as foreign bodies and cause inflammation in the lungs and airways. This inflammation can lead respiratory infections or heaves, or even turn into silicosis. Silicosis is a lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of dust containing silica. Providing a safe riding environment for both you and your horse is important to both of your health. A simply inquiry of trainers in the industry... and you will find that most suffer from COPD and suffer annual bouts of pneumonia.
We started this firm because we recognized the dangers of dust in our environment. While we are not "Environmentalists", we sought to help solve a critical issue facing all of us today.... this being the health hazards from Dust in the Equestrian Industry. By bringing a range of products to the owners of equestrian properties, we give them options that are as healthy as they are economical. Often eliminating daily watering all together. By month six, our dust control additives become less costly than that of daily watering while giving you a consistent, dust free riding surface.
Two of the Most Precious parts of our lives... Deserve to be protected from the ravages of dust !!