How to reduce stress through proper nutrition

stress horse

The horse is itself a very nervous animal. prone to stress, above all, from the moment that the necessary care and well-being are not provided. The horse has to exercise, not be locked up so that it acquires bad habits and above all it has to have a good diet, important for performance, based on fiber, forage and pasture.

A horse that does not exercise is synonymous with boredom for him and having an abnormal state of mind. If for some reason you have to stay confined to the box for a long time, it is recommended to have straw as a bed together with some fodder, this will make the horse less bored, be calmer while spending your time chewing while feeds.

On the contrary, the horse that performs exercise or is in full competition can end with a altered behavior and with very high stress. The long hours of routine and preparation will make the equine need a lot of energy, for this the diet will be different. High fat feed will give you the necessary contribution if you do long but low intensity exercises and sugars and starch for short but intense exercises.

Every horse is different and its needs vary according to your activities and energy expenditure throughout the day. But never forget to follow a routine and guidelines when feeding, and it is not recommended to leave the horse for many hours without eating, this can make them nervous and alter their behavior.

When it comes to feeding it, especially if we are talking about a nervous horse prone to stress, it is advisable to give it I feed with the largest granules this will make the horse take longer to chew and salivation will calm him down as he focuses on the food.

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