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Recognizing Delicate Indicators of Worry, Nervousness & Stress in Horses

Recognizing Delicate Indicators of Worry, Nervousness & Stress in Horses


When horses expertise stress they typically behave in methods simply recognized: they change into tough to deal with or experience, and attempt to flee or ‘battle’ to flee what they understand to be a worrying state of affairs.

These ‘massive’ behaviours are apparent to most horse individuals, however much less well-known are different methods horses reply to stress, resembling by fidgeting or as could be seen within the above video by changing into nonetheless, or ‘freezing’.

Nonetheless, stillness doesn’t equal calmness. Whereas nonetheless horses experiencing concern, anxiousness or stress could present fewer apparent behaviours, delicate indicators of those states can nonetheless be seen by skilled observers.

Horses who change into nonetheless when careworn are sometimes labelled loopy or described as ‘exploding out of nowhere’. As this video touches upon, by coaching the attention to higher acknowledge delicate indicators of stress, horse trainers and handlers can reply sooner to the horse’s stress and de-escalate the state of affairs, avoiding greater stress responses.

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