With an Easterly-Beast threatened for next week, or at the very least some seriously flipping cold temps heading our way, our horses’ lungs are going to notice the difference.
We’ve got both lung function and lung capacity to think about, especially when the temps are heading to below zero. And there’s a subtle difference between the two - lung function is how the body uses air, while lung capacity is how much air the body can use.
Lung function begins to decline with aging, with body changes that could contribute to a decrease in lung capacity including:
We can help optimise our horses’ breathing, which in turn will have an immediate and beneficial impact on the lungs.
The best way to naturally raise vit.D is by regularly exposing large amounts of the skin to sunshine. Of course, here in the UK this isn’t always possible (!), but if we get one of those glorious frosty, sunny days where the temps don’t get below zero, get rugs off and let that coat soak up the sunshine.
For our delicate rugged-up flowers, you could look to supplement with oral vitamin D3. Bear in mind, though, that vit.D is fat soluble (so needs fat/oil in the feedbowl), and … it needs vit.K2, calcium and magnesium to work synergistically. All four are needed to ensure proper balance and maximum effectiveness, but the good news is that it’s likely you’ll find a supplement with either all four in, or at least the vit.D3 and K2 together. Here's a link with more info on the subject of equine vit.D requirements: https://ker.com/equinews/vitamin-d-equine-diets/
So here’s to getting out there and moving, and basking in the sunshine, to improve lung capacity. It’s worth every breath 😊