We all know of horses who are mentally stressed by travel – but even horses who travel calmly are likely to be concealing mental and physical stress. Travelling can often be unpredictable and uncontrollable for horses. Here's how to minimise the impact of travel on your horse and their health.
Learn about the gut-brain axis and how changes to a horse's microbiome can affect behaviour. Discover the many ways stress can affect horses in the course of daily life, how to limit the stresses your horse experiences, and how to protect its microbiome from change. You will be improving your horse’s health and reducing the likelihood of uncharacteristic and unsafe behaviour.
Research has shown that even the stress caused by events we consider ‘normal’ in a modern horse’s life, like transport, have the ability to alter a horse’s hindgut microbiome, which can result in large disturbances to their overall health. Find out what you can do to help your horse deal with stress.
We are so proud hearing all the stories of how Stress Paste supports horses through high pressure, anxious, stressful experiences! We also love hearing from our community about how you use Stress Paste to support your horses, and we wanted to share some tips and stories from our wonderful customers, to help answer our most commonly asked questions about Stress Paste.
5 ways to reduce anxiety in your horse at competitions. Does your horse go a bit “funny” whilst out at a show? Maybe he gets a bit spooky or rushes at jumps when he would perform perfectly at home? Does he drink less? Have runny manure? These are all indicators of stress. But did you know that stress and behaviour have a direct link to gut health?
Groundbreaking research out of the US shows that not only does physical stress (such as infection, inflammation, or trauma) activate the immune system but that psychological stress has the exact same impact.
Just because your horse isn’t displaying anxious behaviour, it doesn’t mean they’re not stressed. As flight animals, horses are programmed to avoid showing their weakness.