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Join Me On The Complete Horseman's Guide to The Equine Larynx

Larynx and upper airway problems in horses are a common performance-limiting factor worldwide. 
In this series, I will be talking about the Larynx. Each series will focus on a different athletic limiting issues for horses. 
Alberto Rullan, VMD
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Below is a guide for horsemen and horsewomen to have a good understanding of airway problems in horses, how can they affect their performance, and what can be done about them. This is by no means all the possible problems of the larynx but a nice guide. 

The Larynx

Anatomy
This picture has marked the normal arytenoid cartilages and a normal epiglotis. 
Anatomy
This picture has marked the normal arytenoid cartilages and a normal epiglotis. 
Anatomy
This picture has marked the normal arytenoid cartilages in the close position and a normal epiglotis
Normal
This video shows normal anatomy of the larynx.  The most common anatomical structures to get familiarized with are the arytenoid cartilages, epiglotis, vocal cords, pharinx
Normal Video #2
Intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate
Intermittent displacement of the soft palate can cause abnormal respiratory noise. Should this problem not fix conservatively wtih tongue tie or figure 8 then surgical correction is indicated. 
Epiglotic entrapment
This video shows normal anatomy of the larynx.  The most common anatomical structures to get familiarized with are the arytenoid cartilages, epiglotis, vocal cords, pharinx
Epiglotitis and cyst
Intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate
Intermittent displacement of the soft palate can cause abnormal respiratory noise. Should this problem not fix conservatively wtih tongue tie or figure 8 then surgical correction is indicated. 
Chondritis
This video shows what a throat with moderate to severe condhritis would look like. The prognosis for future athletic performance for this horse is poor. Possible treatments include antibiotics, and extensive nebulizations.
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