Saturday, June 01, 2013

Could Aromatherapy Help Calm Stressed Horses? - Full Article

By Erica Larson, News Editor
May 30, 2013

Many people employ aromatherapy as a natural stress reliever, but could the same approach be used to calm stressed or nervous horses? According to study results from one research team, aromatherapy might have a place in the barn, after all.

Clarence E. Ferguson, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, La., and colleagues recently tested lavender aromatherapy's efficacy at decreasing horses' heart and respiratory rates after a stressful experience.

Ferguson’s team recorded seven mature Quarter Horses' heart and respiration rates while the animals were at rest in their stalls...

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