When harmful ammonia accumulates in the stalls, trailers and barns where your horses reside, numerous studies have shown that it is more than simply a bad odor – Ammonia is harmful to your horses health, providing respiratory conditions, with horse foals especially vulnerable as they stand lower to the floor of the stall where the ammonia fumes emit.
To learn what experts in the field have concluded through numerous studies in the health of horses when in contact with ammonia, please read the following articles:
Harmful effects of ammonia inhalation include burning of the delicate tissues of the lungs and eyes, narrowing of the throat and bronchi, fluid in the lungs, airway hyperactivity and COPD.
Ammonia is the Enemy
That pungent barn smell is a sign your horse is breathing a hazardous chemical.
How Can Stall Genie Help?
Simple, Stall Genie Products work by absorbing and eliminating deadly ammonia fumes and moisture. The absorption of moisture will help eliminate populations of parasites and flies which thrive with moisture, while the Ammonia absorption will improve the health of your horses and foals reducing veterinarian bills and resulting in a happier healthier horse.
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As written by Dr. Frederick Harper for the University of Tennessee, Ammonia and foals don’t mix. Ammonia is a lung irritant that can cause numerous health conditions in not only foals but adult horses and farm animals as well.
About 15 percent of all foals have severe respiratory disease before they are one year of age. Problems appear from one month to one year of age. But, most respiratory diseases occur when the foal is 2-6 months of age.
Not only are these diseases costly and time-consuming to treat, but they disrupt other farm activities, such as foaling, breeding mares, training and showing…High ammonia levels have been associated with respiratory problems in foals, as well as other animals.
Young goals also have an immature respiratory system, making them more susceptible to disease. It has been reported that 10 ppm of ammonia is the level above which one might expect problems in animals. But, ammonia levels as high as 400 parts per million (ppm) were measured in foal stalls in one study. So it is important to reduce the level of ammonia in foaling stalls, and all stalls in barns where foals reside.
Keeping a clean, ammonia-free stall is especially important when it comes to foals, who are at greater risk for respiratory disease than older horses.
This is a stunning revelation, that almost a quarter of all foals have severe diseases due in part to ammonia exposure.
If only more horse owners used products such as Stall Genie to absorb and eliminate ammonia in stalls, a significant portion of these foals would be healthier.