This is I'll Have Another wearing an Equine Nasal Strip to help his breathing during the races. O'Neil was not allowed to use this nasal strip on the final leg for the Triple Crown. So ironic that the other horses were allowed to have Lasix in their systems during the Belmont Stakes race.http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/ny-racing-regulators-attempt-to-breathe-honesty-into-the-triple-crown/I would think that the nasal strip would be the least invasive aid to help a horse breath better...no ingested drugs (ie lasix)...no harm to the horse's system. Belmont has their priorities screwed up...they should let them all use nasal strips and not lasix instead! But that is just my novice opinion.
I believe it's also illegal for horses racing in New York? Or so I have heard?
Okay, now I know the horse racing industry and the regulators are crazy. Shoot, football players wear them all the time. Not equine nasal strips, but human ones. I didn't know they make them for horses. I sure wish they made them for cats; my poor Callie suffered with her allergies for about 10 of her 19 years. I've been wearing those nasal strips since they were invented. I think they are the greatest invention including sliced bread. I used to have to get allergy shots, and use nose drops which had bad side effects, but with the invention of Breathe Right strips I can sleep at night and breathe without medication. They absolutely should allow horses to use them, esp if they prevent bleeding so they could do without Lasix which has deadly side effects. Nasal strips have no side effects and are natural. I hope they reconsider this, esp. since they are allowed in human sports.My doctors even allowed me to wear nasal strips during two major surgeries.
I'll Have Another always ran with Lasix in his system. If you check his PPs for his previous races he always had Lasix. My question is, if the strips are helpful in preventing bleeding, then why is O'Neill using Lasix too?
The nasal strips helps the horse to "breathe" better by opening up the nasal passage-to get more oxygen into their system naturally. The strips do not help to stop bleeding. We use it ourselves as mentioned by VA_in_CA to breathe better while sleeping to prevent us from breathing through our mouths (ie snoring) and to open the airway for people who suffer nasal inflammations caused by allergies.It's Lasix that stops bleeding in certain horses...but what is a tragedy is that most race horses who are non-bleeders are given this drug anyway just to boost their performance and is allegedly used as a masking agent for other drugs. And...as mentioned earlier, it has been medically confirmed that the use of Lasix causes the loss or imbalance of several nutrients...As with many diuretics, it causes dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, including loss of potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium! Repetitive usage over time can also be detrimental to the renal system (kidneys). A single dosage of Lasix takes awhile before the horse's system can regain physiological balance...probably why race horses these days cannot race as often as in the good old days.
That part is very true, a horse these days races once a month or so due to lasix
I've stated this before, and been flamed by markinsac and Ann Maree, but from the veterinary standpoint, it is MUCH easier to PREVENT bleeding from EIPH than it is to treat it. And, even if there isn't visible evidence of bleeding (which for most countries abroad means active bleeding from the nostrils, (which is considered a grade 3 or 4 bleed), ANY bleeding will cause scarring and damage to the lungs.
Just curious, where is the line between the pros and cons of lasix? When does it start to become a harmful medication? And how could it be used more responsibly? Obviously, I don't know much about it.