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Neighing instead of barking!

Clear airways for horses: A salt Inhaler from the Estonian company Plas­t­puit provides support for animal health.

As far back as the Middle Ages monks appre­ci­ated the healing effect of a salt inhala­tion. The augmented water vapor relieves coughs, clears a congested nose and moistens irri­tated mucous membranes. What’s bene­fi­cial for people must also be pleasant for animals – at least that’s what one of the customers of Plas­t­puit OÜ thought. Up until now he used the salt inhaler from the Estonian company as a remedy for his asthma. Finally, he asked himself whether it could also help his horse to take a few deep breaths. Lo and behold: The horse coughed the mucus out of its bronchial tubes.


The horse inhaler in use.

This idea prompted Plas­t­puit to test various compo­nents for a horse inhaler together with its Finnish busi­ness partner Polar Health. Based on the inhaler for people that already existed, they devel­oped the therapy device further for animal patients – and equipped the portable breathing appa­ratus with a radial fan from ebm-papst. Veiko Proos, Regional Director of ebm-papst Estonia, is pleased with the coop­er­a­tion and explains: “The rugged radial fan from ebm-papst runs very quietly and reli­ably, and is there­fore a perma­nent part of the inhaler. The therapy device from Plas­t­puit went into series produc­tion at the begin­ning of this year.”


The portable breathing appa­ratus with a radial fan from ebm-papst.

Its use frees the horse’s lungs of mucus and bacteria: The horse owner places two teaspoons of salt in the lower cylinder of the device and closes the lid. At the press of a button an air stream is gener­ated that swirls up and heats the salt gran­ules inside the container. The resulting fric­tion produces a fine salt dust which is blown into the mask through a hose. It can be fastened quite easily to the halter and surrounds the horse’s nose during the treat­ment. As the inhaler is made of high-quality plastic and acid-resis­tant steel, it is resis­tant to corro­sion and easy to clean after use. Regard­less of whether it’s in a stable box or out on the farm, horses can inhale the salt parti­cles anywhere – completely without side effects. This respi­ra­tory therapy is frequently used for race horses to increase their perfor­mance. However, regular treat­ment also helps older horses breath more easily. Espe­cially in Scan­di­navia, several horse owners already swear by the effec­tive­ness of the salt dust.

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  • Miriam on said:

    How much does the salt inhaler for horses cost and where can I get it?

    • philippnadig on said:

      Dear Miriam,

      Thank you for your comment. The Company is called Plas­t­puit OÜ.
      Here are the contact Details:

      Rapla tee 7
      79601 ALU, Rapla vald

      Mr. Andri Sinka
      Phone +372 5059341
      Email andrisinka@gmail.com

      Best regards,
      Your mag°-Team

  • Stephen Whyte on said:

    What’s good for horses must be good for people. Humans, inhale salt and get rid of your mucous.

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