Stress & Calming

When a horse is insufficiently able to ‘flee’ from a situation or is unable to ‘manage’ it, it causes stress. Extreme forms of stress can lead to badly adjusted behavior. Stress may also be expressed less obviously – for example by poorer performance, loss of concentration and unruly behavior. Stress can also be revealed physically, such as by excessive sweating and foaming when not being worked hard (not to be confused with being unfit), increased heart rate, irregular gait and respiratory problems. The level of stress and how the horse deals with that depend on the character and temperament of the horse.

By |March 8th, 2017|Behaviour|Comments Off on Stress & Calming

This time of year is generally known as “colic season”

DO YOU KNOW WHY? While changes in management can also contribute to the higher incidence of colic as the weather gets colder, such as less time riding or less plentiful grass in pasture, there has long been known to a link between colic & cold weather changes. A possible reason for this is the dropping barometric pressure associated with most cold fronts. The more rapid & severe the drop, the more likely that the horse will experience gastrointestinal upset.

Beyond the Olympics: Nutritional management in the “off-season”

Whether you are a competitor on the Olympic team or an amateur participating in local horse shows, the break between competitions is an important time to reboot your horse’s internal [...]

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