Background: An emotional state of fear and tension.
Symptoms: Horses may demonstrate anxiety in a variety of bizarre behaviors and physical manifestations. They may become hyperactive, easily frightened, or engage in obsessive repetitive behaviors such as weaving, stall walking or cribbing.
Diagnostics: A complete history including all aspects of the environment, exposure to noxious sounds and odors, diet, social relations with other horses and humans (or lack thereof), lifestyle changes and hormonal changes need to be assessed.
Special Notes: Horses in a chronic state of anxiety can suffer from numerous physical conditions such as allergies, self-mutilation and digestive upsets that are related to the primary condition of anxiety.
Principles for Supplementation: Relieve mental tension.