8 Times to reach for Stress Paste

8 Times to reach for Stress Paste

8 Times to reach for Stress Paste

Linda Goldspink-Lord


Non-swabbable Stress Paste is a versatile way to support your Thoroughbreds in a range of situations which put them outside their normal routine. This feed supplement helps line your horse's stomach to buffer against acids, and provides a mix of minerals and vitamins to support healthy function. 

Race day 

Stress Paste is an ideal supplement on race day to ensure that your horse's stomach is given as much protection as possible. Adding Stress Paste to your horse's feed routine on race days helps by providing pectin (a gelatinous layer of protection to line the stomach), betaine for hydration, magnesium and B1 for nerve support and amino acids for cellular repair support.

The big training days

Maybe your horse is coming back into top form after being off, or you're breezing before a big race. Help them deal with the extra effort with a feed supplement designed to support them from the inside out with gut protection and a mix of minerals, vitamins and prebiotics to support a healthy gut.


Research has shown that travel is stressful due to confinement, possible poor ventilation, smell of urine and manure, high internal temperature, restricted access to feed and water, noise and vibration - and bouncing about can change a horse’s gut bacteria populations.

On top of that horses use a fair amount of energy balancing themselves against bounces and swaying, and any extended time off feed reduces the supply of fibre that is available to support the good bacteria in your horse’s gut.

Stress Paste can support a horse during travel in a number of ways, including:

  1. The magnesium hydroxide may assist to buffer your horse’s stomach while your horse is off feed. This buffering action may increase the pH of the fluid in your horse’s stomach and reduce its ability to burn ulcers into the upper part of your horse’s stomach.
  2. The pectin is a sticky substance that should coat the upper part of the horse’s stomach and help protect it from any acid splash.
  3. The amino acids may help feed your horse’s gut wall to allow it to continue to repair and regenerate itself and produce its own protective mucous.
  4. The vitamin C may help maintain vitamin C status and antioxidant protection. Vitamin C has been shown by research to be reduced in horses when they are travelling.
  5. The prebiotic may help support the good bacteria in your horse’s hindgut. Travel related stress has been shown to alter equine gut bacterial populations.
  6. The natural betaine may help to keep your horse hydrated on long journeys.
  7. The B-vitamins may help to maintain your horse’s appetite and energy levels, so when you arrive at your destination your horse will keep eating and feel great!

The arrival of new horses, or moving to a new location

When horses are moved or new horses arrive, owners will often see a change in behaviour and performance over the following weeks. A changing surroundings, diet, routines and the travel can make them anxious, less likely to eat well, and can lead to unsettled behaviour. Giving horses Stress Paste prior to changes, and over the next week, may help them adjust more quickly.

Before scoping for ulcers

Stress Paste can also be used prior to gastroscopy. Scoping must be carried out when your horse’s stomach is empty so that your vet can get a proper look at the entire stomach. This means your horse will have a pool of gastric acid fluid in their empty stomach.

If you are worried about the damage this may do, you can use Stress Paste up to 4 hours prior to the scoping procedure as it may give the empty stomach some buffering and protection from the acid, and help your horse cope better with the stress caused by any travel and the scoping procedure itself.

A number of veterinarians now recommend the use of Stress Paste as part of their pre-scoping protocol. However, please consult with your veterinarian prior to giving Stress Paste to ensure they are okay for you to do so.

Stress Paste after ulcer treatment

Stress Paste can be strategically used after ulcer treatment stops. This involves giving Stress Paste for 5 days post ulcer treatment (starting the same day the last dose of treatment is given).

Stress Paste contains a number of ingredients that may assist in supporting normal gastric health in these initial days after treatment including:

  • magnesium hydroxide - a potent buffer of gastric acid working against acid rebound;
  • Pectin - a sticky substance that lines the upper sections of the stomach to help protect against acid splashes;
  • amino acids - which are used by the gut to repair and regenerate healthy gut tissue and produce its protective mucous layer.

Hydration issues and Heat stress

Betaine can help horses stay hydrated and better able to handle strenuous exercise (both training and competing) and heat stress. Research in other animal species has also shown that natural betaine is able to reduce the damage to the gut caused during heat stress.

Electrolytes will replace lost minerals and can be used alongside Stress Paste.

Time off feed/poor appetite

There are times when horses are off feed due to illness, a medical procedure, travelling or inappetence.

The stomach needs to be supported to manage ongoing/increased gastric acid production in the stomach whilst empty which can attack the mucous membranes that can lead to gastric ulcers, and we need to encourage their appetitie to return.

Stress Paste is designed to support a healthy appetite by supporting a more stable gut environment and providing Vitamin B1.