For some horses the winter months can mean limited turnout which can result in an increase in stress. Naturally horses evolved to spend hours leisurely grazing, in the company of other horses in their herd.
As winter takes hold, inevitably there is very little, if any, grass available and as paddocks turn to mud baths many owners are faced with no choice but to stable their horses.
Not surprisingly the stress of being confined to a stable for long periods can have a negative impact on the horse’s delicate digestive system, which can be further complicated by enforced periods of starvation if forage is not offered on an ad-lib basis.
The health of the equine digestive system greatly impacts the horse’s overall health, so there are a number of ways to help reduce stress for stabled horses, which can then help negate the effects of stress on the digestive system.