You’ve likely seen riders using the innovative FLAIR Equine Nasal Strip both at home and at competitions. FLAIR Strips support the horse’s respiratory system, increasing performance and boosting recovery. This is important no matter what level you compete at. Think of it this way: your older Novice packer will probably appreciate some additional respiratory support on cross country, just as your seasoned upper-level campaigner would.
Here are a few more reasons why FLAIR Strips are useful in all phases of eventing:
1. Health and optimal performance are important for horses at all levels
You may see horses at top levels of competition using FLAIR Strips and think it is only for them. But horses in all disciplines and every level of competition need to breathe easy during training and competition so they can perform their best. Oftentimes, lower-level horses may not be as fit, may not be in a rigorous training program and may fatigue more easily. So, even though they are not competing at high levels, they are still working hard.
More people are using Strips during dressage training or warm-ups. Positioning a horse’s head behind the vertical is not natural and increases resistance and stress of breathing. FLAIR Strips are proven to make breathing easier. So, even though FEI doesn’t currently allow Strips during dressage competition, that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce stress during training.
3. Stadium Jumping
During stadium jumping, horses are holding their breath for at least one third of the round. FLAIR Strips improve breathing efficiency, so horses get the most from each breath when they’re not holding their breath.
4. Cross Country
Galloping and jumping obstacles on a cross country course is one of the most grueling activities a horse is asked to do. Horses are working and breathing extremely hard. FLAIR Strips improve airflow, so horses breathe easier. Breathing easier helps reduce fatigue, conserve energy, reduce lung bleeding and improve recovery so horses stay fresh and are ready for tomorrow.
5. Drug-Free and Backed by Science
Developed by veterinarians, FLAIR Strips are self-adhesive nasal strips that support the nasal passages that collapse in all horses during intensive exercise. The Strips are easy to apply and are proven to make breathing easier, reduce fatigue, reduce lung bleeding, conserve energy and quicken recovery.