Horses, just like humans, feel anxiety. Situations that would induce anxiousness or stress in humans can affect animals as well. If you’re suspecting that your horse’s poor performance is the result of anxiety, here are some signs:
Horses rely heavily on their vision for survival, and any changes or loss of sight can make your animal uneasy or fearful of the world around him or how he moves. “Vision loss can be associated with spooking, stopping, refusing jumps, bolting, bucking, and any other response horses make to fear,” says Mary Lassaline, an equine ophthalmology specialist. A veterinarian can do an eye exam and diagnose eye concerns/issues.
Discomfort or Pain
Horses feel and react to pain the same way humans do. When pain is felt, horses can feel anxious, disrupting their performance. The most common type of pain that horses experience (leading to anxious behavior) is gastric ulcer syndrome. This is highly painful for horses and an urgent call for a vet is needed if you suspect that your horse might have this problem.
Ill-Fitting or Uncomfortable Tack
A saddle that is pinching your horse or is uncomfortable makes for an anxious horse. The same goes for a bridle that is too tight. If you’re suspecting that this is the cause for your horse’s anxiety, check which part of your horse’s body the tack might be pinching and make the necessary adjustments.
Now that you understand the potential problems of equine anxiety, contact Southern Equine Distributing for vitamins and supplements that can help with health and provide a less anxious horse. Call us at (905) 691-5141 for more information.