Horses, like humans and pets, tend to have a variety of behavioral problems. These behavioral issues may arise suddenly, after a traumatic experience, or may be deeply rooted in the horse’s psyche from past experiences. Horse anxiety and stress are common conditions that may affect every aspect of a horse’s performance, as well as affecting a horse’s appearance.
CAUSES FOR HORSE STRESS:
Stress in horses will almost always have a root cause. The cause may be physical (caused by a physical factor – such as a snake or banging barn door) or psychological (past abuse or fear and anxiety). It may also be hereditary – so it is important to determine the cause of the problem. Some horses will be less stressed than others because of how they are able to handle stress. Also, always check for physical things that may be causing the stress – such as fire-crackers on a neighboring field, a saddle pinching a nerve, etc.
Pre-Performance Stress is a recommended remedy formulated for anxiety, nervous or factitious behavior associated with upcoming events such as shows and separation from stable. May also be used for loud noises, crowds and handling. It calms without taking away the energy also takes the edge off without interfering with performance.
ADMINISTRATION: Optimally the liquid preparation should be dropped directly on to the mucous membrane of the mouth including the lips, ideally in horses and donkeys by pulling out the labial pouch. Where an animal finds this distressful or an owner is unable to comply, the medication can be put on the food e.g. half an apple, or in water. Where an animal is sensitive to the odor of the alcohol preservative, a 10-20 minute period should be allowed for the alcohol to evaporate before the dose is presented to the animal. Occasionally an animal will shake its head in response to receiving the dose.
One should also provide a horse with an environment with lots of mental stimulation, in an environment which it feels safe and is treated in a consistent way.
If untreated stress may result in or contribute to the development of behavioral issues. In this case the required treatment depends on the type of behavioral issue and the individual horse, also can lead to unhealthy and potentially serious physical and emotional consequences.