Calmex® Equine is a specially blended, complementary feed designed to be fed to nervous, anxious or temperamental horses.
Calmex® Equine is a non-sedating, complementary feed, which can be given to support horses suffering from either acute or chronic stress. It is important to aid horses suffering from stress as it can have a negative impact on a horse’s overall health, welfare and performance.
Horses are naturally a prey species and sometimes, when frightened, their natural response to flee can be problematic, posing a safety risk to both the horse and handler. It has been shown that acute stress, such as that from transportation or races, can have a negative impact on performance.
Examples of causative factors of acute stress:
- loud or unusual noises such as fireworks or building work
- veterinary visits
- farrier visits
- separation of the mare and foal
- loading and transportation
Behavioural responses to chronic or long-term stress can be very difficult to observe. This may be seen in the horse as less interaction between herd mates or more aggressive behaviour towards handlers and other horses.
Chronic stress has been shown to be a factor in the development of gastric ulcers, as well as stereotypies such as crib-biting or windsucking.
Examples of causative factors of chronic stress:
- moving to a new yard
- introduction to new riders
- new stable mates
- extended stabling due to injury or laminitis
- poor handling, riding, training or breaking
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