Why use Stress Paste for your thoroughbreds?

Why use Stress Paste for your thoroughbreds?

Why use Stress Paste for your thoroughbreds?

Linda Goldspink-Lord

 

Even with the best of care, thoroughbred horses experience a variety of stress events.

Racing, strenuous training, transport, dental work, farrier visits, illness, long days competing or working, extreme heat and humidity, extreme cold, time off feed, changes of location or other changes routines all cause some level of stress.

During yearling prep, the horse is placed under differing types of stress. Moving from a paddock to a stable or yard, a change in type of feeds, separation from their herd, increased handling, transportation etc can all potentially impact on the gut.

Research in production animals has recently found that not only does physical stress (such as infection, inflammation or trauma) activate the immune system but that psychological stress has the exact same impact. So potentially when a horse is psychologically stressed, the activation of their immune system uses up their incoming resources to activate the inflammatory cascade leaving less left to add condition, build lean muscle, or fuel the nerve junctions which result in peak focus and performance, growth and impact on behaviour and appetite.

As prey animals, horses often won’t show outward signs of ‘stress’. But it’s there, and it can compromise gut health. Gut bacterial populations can shift. Horses may eat less, they often stop drinking, muscles dehydrate and fatigue, performance suffers, leaky gut can develop, and wellbeing is often compromised, and their behaviour can escalate.

Many ‘stress’ supplements are simply designed to cover up the symptoms of stress and in some way attempt to ‘calm’ the horse.

Poseidon's Stress Paste is different.

Stress Paste supports a horse’s gut and muscle physiology in a way that helps them directly deal with stress. And in helping a horse actually cope with stress, we are able to reduce the impact of stress on behaviour.

Stress Paste can help your Thoroughbreds

The Stomach

The Challenges

A horse’s stomach releases stomach acid 24/7. Any situation that leave a horse without free access to forage for longer than 4 hours allow the stomach to empty and as the gastric acid builds up, pH can drop as low as 1, leaving a horse at risk of gastric ulceration. The pain of a highly acidic stomach will also often lead to behavioural changes.

How Stress Paste Helps

Strong Buffering

Magnesium hydroxide acts as a strong buffer to assist in maintaining normal stomach pH. With a normal stomach pH your horse is able to remain comfortable and calm.

Pectin

The specially selected pectin used in Stress Paste combines with the magnesium hydroxide to form an ‘alkaline slime’. This slime coats the stomach wall lining and helps to maintain normal (healthy) gut wall physiology.

Supportive Amino Acid Profile

Stress Paste contains glutamine, threonine, proline and serine. These amino acids help the stomach to produce its protective mucin and reduce a stomachs susceptibility to ‘injury’. Plus, they feed the gut and accelerate gut wall recovery.

The Small Intestine

The Challenges

When heat or cold stress occurs, blood flow is redistributed in an attempt to either offload or retain heat. With this occurs a compensatory reduction of blood flow to the gut, which can damage the gut lining (also called the epithelial barrier). This epithelial barrier damage can then lead to a leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability). And a leaky gut allows antigens, endotoxins and disease causing bacteria to leak from the gut into the body.

DID YOU KNOW? Heat stress can occur either from environmental heat (your typical hot and humid summers day) or from exertional heat, generated during intense exercise.

How Stress Paste Helps

Natural Betaine

Natural betaine is an osmolyte that is used to help animals cope with heat stress and to reduce the negative impact of heat stress on intestinal permeability (less leaky gut).

Glutamine

Glutamine is a significant fuel for the intestinal epithelial cells and is crucial for correct epithelial barrier function, meaning it helps to stop the gut from leaking ‘bad stuff’ into the body when the body is under stress.

DID YOU KNOW? Stress Paste is not a 'calming paste', however, often horses will be calmer on Stress Paste because their gut is comfortable and functioning normally (because Stress Paste is designed to support your horse with nutrients and compounds that help them deal directly with the effects of stress) which helps to encourage calm yet responsive behaviour.

Research has shown that even events we consider ‘normal’ in a modern horse’s life, like transport, have the ability to upset a horse’s hindgut microbiome. Large stress events can cause large disturbances to the microbiome which can then result in large disturbances to their overall health.

How Stress Paste Helps

Pre & Postbiotic

The Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast fermentation prebiotic and postbiotic supports the hindgut microbiome under stressful conditions to help them maintain normal function.

Did you know: Our hindgut postbiotic helps your horse cope with stress. Research shows reduced whole-body stress (lower serum cortisol) following exercise in horses fed our Digestive EQ postbiotic.

B-Group Vitamins

Sometimes the level of stress and lengthy times off feed a horse experiences will affect the hindgut enough to reduce B-vitamin production. The B-vitamins in Stress Paste will help to maintain appetite and normal muscle energy generation and support normal nervous system function under these circumstances.

DID YOU KNOW? A lot of ‘calming pastes’ on the market contain the amino acid Tryptophan, claiming that it calms horses. Stress paste does not include tryptophan because there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

The Muscles & Immune System

The Challenges

Training, racing, travel and illness all increase a horse’s need for antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C to provide protection from oxidative stress. Plus, research shows that the production of vitamin C by a horse’s liver is reduced during stressful events like transport. Meaning a horse loses full use of one of its most powerful antioxidants.

Stresses, including psychological stress, can also cause the gut to leak, putting pressure on a horse’s immune system to deal with the pathogens, toxins and bacteria leaking from the gut to the body. Antioxidants like vitamins E and C are important for proper immune function to help horses overcome these immune challenges.

Did you know: Psychological stresses like feed restriction and social isolation can lead to leaky gut syndrome. Research shows that when animals become psychologically stressed, the tight junctions in their gut loosen. When this happens, pathogens, toxins and bacteria can leak from the gut to the body and can cause disease and inflammation.

How Stress Paste Helps

Powerful Antioxidants

The combination of high doses of vitamin C and natural vitamin E provides a horse with a rapid boost to their antioxidant capacity to protect muscles and organs from increased oxidative stress and to properly support normal immune function.

 

Supplement Feature

STRESS PASTE

Other Leading Brand 1

Other Leading Brand 2

Magnesium hydroxide for Powerful Acid Buffering

Yes

No

No

4 Amino Acids (glutamine, threonine, proline, serine) for mucin production and normal gut wall integrity

Yes

 

No

Stomach Coating Agent

Yes

No

No

Natural Betaine for hydration

Yes

No

No

B-group vitamins for nerve function and muscle energy

Yes

No

Yes

Magnesium for nerve function

Yes

No

Yes

Natural Vitamin E for antioxidant protection

Yes

No

No

Vitamin C for antioxidant protection

Yes

No

Yes

Hindgut Pre & Postbiotic for hindgut microbiome support

Yes

No

No