And their urine is worse, especially if it’s had time to mature. Where this really matters is in confined spaces, like stalls in a barn, horse trailers, wash racks, pretty much anywhere where the wind don’t blow free. For we humans it’s annoying, to eye watering, to impacting on our respiratory system. For the horse, a totally different story with much greater impact.
It’s worthwhile to examine, briefly, the nature and use of the horse’s sense of smell. Let’s start with the obvious. Most of the horse’s head is comprised of its nose. The very size of the horse’s nose causes a problem and for the horse, it stands to reason and it must be important enough to put up with the large size.
It’s virtually impossible to conceive the amount of information conveyed by a horse’s sense of smell. It’s been calculated that if you spread out the sensory mucous membrane of a horse’s nose it’s big enough to cover its entire body surface. This goes a long way in explaining how many times greater is the horse’s sense of smell than our own. Estimates are nothing but guesses, since we don’t know for sure and have not yet found an accurate way to measure it. We can though, with complete confidence, state a horse’s sense of smell is ginormous.
Without going to deeply into the physiological details that make the horse’s sense of smell so acute, it’s worthwhile to state the horse takes smell a stage further with its built in scent analyzing laboratory, the Organ of Jacobsen. The Organ of Jacobsen allows the horse to trap and analyze smells for the presence and identification of pheromones, which are chemical scent communication signals. Scent messages travel over greater distances than is possible using line of sight. A horse can interpret a scent message when it’s farther away than his eye can see, including who it is, what it is and if there is any possible threat. The chemical messages contain information on sexual condition, fertility, pregnancy, readiness to mate, state of mind, health, group, direction and distance.
The horse has a unique and practically perfect olfactory memory so the smell of a person who looked after a horse years ago will be recollected for years and recognized by the smell.
ZMM Zeliminator will prevent damage to and maintain the respiratory health of this exceptional instrument from exposure to ammonia and associated gasses.
Now you might ask how Zeliminator does that?
It’s all about nitrogen. The nitrogen in the form of urea is present in urine and manure. Horses excrete urea to eliminate excess nitrogen from their bodies and that urea is rapidly converted to ammonia by microbial action. It doesn’t take much ammonia to be detrimental to the horse’s respiratory system.
Can you imagine being overwhelmed with these concentrated odours in a confined area?
We’ve all had the experience of being first to the barn, first to open the doors and get hit with that wave of ammonia.
That smell may contain only 20 to 30 parts per million ammonia, but respiratory stress in horses, under continued exposure, can occur from as little as 5 part per million, especially in foals.
Technically, the damage to a horse is IAD, inflammatory airway disease, RAO, recurrent airway obstruction (known as heaves), or RAD, recurrent airway disease. RAD is a chronic, debilitating problem, much like asthma in humans. We don’t have to elaborate any further on what is obviously performance inhibiting.
Daily spreading of ZMM Zeliminator in the area absorbs urea, consequently limiting the microbial activity necessary to produce ammonia. Zeliminator also adsorbs ammonia into its structure, removing it from the air. Of course, there are other measures to help tackle ammonia, such as providing proper barn ventilation; removing manure and wet bedding often; and using proper bedding materials. All solutions should be addressed.
The use of Zeliminator will also reduce fly population. For riders participating in Competitive Trail, Endurance and Trail rides and your horses are being tied or corralled nearby, the manure is accumulating, attracts flies and stinks. Sprinkling Zeliminator, as well as trapping the ammonia, will reduce the fly population for the horse’s and your comfort. Never mind that the outdoor privies that reek ammonia could also use a dose!
Since the problem is continuous the solution must also be continuous and with ZMM Zeliminator the problem is affordably, easily and efficiently managed.
Here’s proof it works: Manure Odour Control