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Stress, what does it do and what can you do about it?

Posted by Manon Bolhuis on

Stress, wat doet het en wat doe je er aan?

If your horse suffers from stress, this is very annoying for both the horse and you. Yet we see that today's sport horses are very sensitive to stress. A problem that many equestrian athletes have to deal with. But how can you best deal with this and help your horse?

What does stress do?

Stress is the body's response to a stimulus or situation that causes tension. This usually arises because the horse thinks that its basic needs such as safety and health are at risk. This makes the horse more alert to react quickly. After all, it remains a flight animal that wants to flee from its instinct when danger threatens.

In such a stressful situation, adrenaline is released, just like with us. This ensures that the body is ready to fight or flee. You can recognize stress in your horse by an increased heart rate and breathing, trembling, cramped muscles, large nostrils, sweating, thin manure, often small pees, teeth grinding, whites of the eyes become visible and snoring / blowing.

Prolonged or frequent stress is not good for the health and well-being of your horse. This can cause tired organs, a reduced immune system, nerve damage and the intestinal flora can be disrupted, causing stomach ulcers. This can manifest itself in muscle problems, stable vices, aggressive behavior, yawning a lot, irregular heath, weight loss and illnesses or infections.

Stress can be caused by many different things. It can come from the horse's past, housing, training, nutrition, human emotions, genetic predisposition or new and exciting situations such as a competition or vet visit. You naturally try to create the best possible situation for your horse so that he can relax. But sometimes exciting situations arise where it can be pleasant for your horse to support him with a soothing supplement. The advantage of this is that the situations are less stressful and dangerous, but also that your horse learns better. This means that the exciting situations can no longer be a problem for your horse!

PrimeVal has several soothing or relaxing supplements that work well for nervous or tense horses. You can use this for a long time or only in a situation where you know your horse is getting stressed. All supplements are free of doping and ensure that the horse is still alert and can perform optimally!  

When do you choose which product?

The Primevall Stressless powder is a natural, soothing supplement that works well in nervous, hyperactive and stressed horses. It gives the horse more relaxation in tense situations without compromising alertness. The provides mental support so that the horse gains more self-confidence, can concentrate better and learns more easily. You should give the herbal mixture to your horse for several days in a row for good results. You can also give this for a longer period of time if you move your horse, for example.  

The Primeval Stressless Injector is ideal for use during stressful moments such as shearing, trailer loading, vet/farrier visits or other exciting situations. The Injector has a fast approach to stress. The horse remains calmer, more alert and cooler in the head. In this way you help the horse to become familiar with exciting situations that would otherwise cause him stress. He learns to deal better with the tense situations. The Injector works almost immediately and is active for about 3 hours.

Primeval Stressless Pheromones Gel is also a fast-acting means to reduce stress in your horse in tense situations. It contains the body's own comforting pheromones that give an instinctive, calming response in the horse because it feels safe and secure. You put a little gel on your horse's nostrils. After half an hour of exposure, it has a soothing effect for about 2 hours. You can repeat this one more time to extend the working time.

If your horse suffers from behavioral problems due to stress for a long time, it is advisable to have an examination by a veterinarian to check whether no damage has occurred in the body.

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