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Respiratory Conditions Part 2: Infections

August 2018 by Katelyn McNicol, BVSc (Hons)

Every day, your horse’s respiratory tract is challenged by pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and fungal elements. In the majority of cases, your horse’s immune system and defence mechanisms easily overcome these small challenges without any external symptoms. Sometimes, however, when the challenge is too great or the defence mechanisms are overwhelmed, clinical infection and symptoms can result.

Following from Part 1 which explained the anatomy of the respiratory tract, this article delves into the infectious conditions that can affect its health and your horse's performance and wellbeing.

Types of pathogen

Viruses