Like human athletes, equine athletes are required to be in near-perfect condition to meet the demands of high-intensity activity. The ability to breathe well is one of the most critical functions for race and sport horses, but upper airway obstructions such as laryngeal hemiplegia (more commonly known as “roaring”), hamper the horse’s ability to do so. This condition occurs when the left arytenoid cartilage in the horse’s larynx loses function and blocks the airway. Fortunately, equine surgeons at the school’s veterinary hospital are skilled at performing prosthetic laryngoplasty (“tie-back”) surgery to correct this problem.

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