What Causes Stress in Horses?
Chronic stress in horses is most often the result of changes in the horse’s environment or lifestyle.
Management changes, such as a more strenuous exercise routine or new feeding schedule, can also lead to long-term stress.
How do you tell if a horse is stressed?
Behavioral signs might include unwillingness to work, decreased appetite, flightiness, depression, or some other change in a horse’s usual demeanor. As I suggested earlier, if you think your horse is “stressed,” first try to identify the specific signs you are seeing.
Can a horse colic from stress?
Colic. Colic symptoms can be caused by stress. A new herd mate or changes in routine, whether or handler can be enough to make some horses mildly colicky. Chronic stress can lead to EGUS, which of course, can cause colic symptoms.
Do horses yawn when stressed?
Several biological reasons may cause a yawn, but a horse that frequently yawns may be exhibiting behavior related to suboptimal welfare, researchers say. Yawning is related to some gastrointestinal conditions, and has been proposed as communicating between horses, and reaction to stress.
How do horses express stress?
The signs of equine stress can vary depending on the cause of stress, their environment and their personality. Horses that are more inclined to release stress through their behaviour may toss their head and engage in kicking, running, bucking, weaving, cribbing and pawing as ways to try to let off steam.