Health & Stress
You will complete ONE topic on this inquiry page. Scroll down to find the learning resources you will use. Keep track of the Need to Do tasks for each topic in your Equine2 3070 Learning checklist.
How should you recognize and treat stress and ailments in your horse?

Horses require people to observe, monitor and provide healthy environments. Horse handlers and owners must be familiar with signs of normal behaviour as well as signs of stress. You will compare and assess the causes, symptoms and treatments of different sources of stress. You will also identify veterinary services that help you provide care for your horse.

Know horse health care
Horses, like people, are susceptible to, and exhibit, signs of stress. Veterinarians provide expert care, the latest technology and medications that support and improve a horse’s health and performance. What responsibility do you have to monitor your horse’s condition and obtain expert support when needed?

Need To Know
need to know Explore causes of stress and a horse’s stress response.
How stress affects a horse’s general health
need to know Explore why and when a veterinarian should be consulted.
When veterinarians should be consulted
Need To Do
Introduction Create a decision tree to identify the causes, symptoms and treatments of two different stress factors.
Manage stress factors
Introduction Create veterinarians’ contact cards and describe when and why it is important to work with them.
Access veterinary services
Introduction Use these graphic organizers to help you complete the learning tasks.
Decision Tree   |   Contact Cards
Introduction When you are finished the learning tasks, respond to the reflection question.
Reflect Three
weblinks These weblinks will help you complete the learning tasks.

Find out what Temple Grandin says about horses’ instincts and behaviours in What’s Your Horse Thinking?

Listen to this webinar on Equine Stress.

Read Are You ‘Stressing Out’ Your Horse?

Listen to this webinar about Gastric Ulcers.

Read How to Curb a Cribbing Horse.

Watch Preventing Cribbing.

Find out how to find a veterinarian in Selecting an Equine Veterinarian.

Explore strategies in All Set for the Vet.

Find more articles that relate to stress management in horses on the American SPCA website.