Showing and travel do put stress on our horses and some more than others. Making a few changes can really cut back on the stress horses feel, such as having slow feeding hay nets in the trailer and in the stalls at shows. This provides the horse with a comforting and calming effect as grazing and lip movement releases dopamine, which is related to the parasympathetic nervous system and relaxation. Dr. Stephen Peters has spoke and written a large amount on this.
The travel nets size is nice and can be soaked in a tub of water before hanging in the trailer or stall, which cuts down on dust and other allergenics blowing into their faces or eyes. It also adds some moisture to the diet on the road. NEVER soak hay for any longer than an hour and make sure to drip it out well before hanging in a trailer to prevent your horse from slipping on wet trailer floor. This hay should be used in a day - if not, discard it, as it will start to spoil and mold.
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