Emotional loading is a stronger stress factor in horses than exercise, according to Ukraine researchers.
They recorded more negative metabolic changes in horses after emotional stress than after exercise.
Trainers should take this into account when working with horses to enable them to cope, the researchers suggested.
The authors, T.I. Bayeva and G.F. Zhegunov, from the Kharkiv State Zooveterinary Academy, reported their findings in a paper entitled “Influence of physical and emotional activity on the metabolic profile of blood serum of race horses”.
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Influence of physical and emotional activity on the metabolic profile of blood serum of race horses
T. I. Bayeva, G. F. Zhegunov
Visnyk of Dnipropetrovsk University. Biology, Ecology. 2016;24(2) DOI 10.15421/011665
The study can be read here.