Gavin O’Sullivan of Flexineb™ has been having a great year to date. He saw his equine respiratory device awarded the winner of the Highly Recommended Product in the Horsecare Products and Equipment at BETA 2012. The icing on the cake came when this unique inhalation equipment was also runner up in the Innovation Awards.
No sooner had Gavin O’Sullivan announced that Flexineb™ would sponsor the event at Ballindenisk in February, than Flexineb™ shone in the most coveted equine Oscar awards, BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association).
So what is this device which has fans including super successful racehorse trainer, Jessie Harrington; Marcus Swaile, Irish Senior Team vet; and Irish Field columnist and Senior Rider of the Year, Camilla Speirs so intrigued?
Well it is a compact, quiet device that enables saline, antibiotics or other concoctions to be vaporized and inhaled in by a horse with surprising ease, and no mess, thus enabling better lung function and therefore better performance.
Camilla Speirs has used the Flexineb™ on her top horse ‘Portersize Just a Jiff’ and says: “I used the Flexineb™ on ‘Jiff’ last summer in the run up to the European Eventing Championships. ‘Jiff’ sometimes gets a dry cough when he travels a lot and the Flexineb™ is the best way to get rid of the cough. It’s so easy to use that you can pop it on in the horse lorry before the horse goes cross-country.”
Jayne Doherty, International Event rider also uses the device: “Once in a while you come across a gem of a device, and the Flexineb™ is certainly a jewel in assisting me with opening the lungs in ‘The Only One’ before cross-country or getting rid of an annoying dust allergy cough in ‘Ravenstar’. Tom Lalor, the Flexineb™ sales rep, is always on the end of the line when you need advice and is a guy that is very supportive of Irish competitors in general and is extremely helpful.”
There can possibly be no better person in Ireland to give insight and opinion on the Flexineb™ than racehorse trainer Jessie Harrington, she loves the nebulizer and says: “The Flexineb™ is the BEST thing I have ever had as an aid to horses! It is a crucially important piece of equipment and so easy to use.”