We believe stress is one of the major risk factors to a horse’s health. Whether that stress is biological as a result of an infection, mental as a result of the surrounding environment or physical due to the way we ask a horse to exert itself, the results are the same. Stress triggers a chemical reaction within the body that can lead to a poorly functioning immune system and internal organs.
Often the signs are so subtle we completely miss them. Immunall may be useful in a variety of different capacities within the horse world.
Viruses, bacteria and fungi, along with hormonal problems and host of other diseases, can have devastating effects on fertility in both mares and stallions and on the unborn foal.
Even at a low level, competition places unusual stress on a horse: travelling to an event, mixing with other equines (which may be carrying disease) and the physical exertion involved. Added to this, depleted energy levels and high levels of toxic waste in the body post-competition can leave a horse open to infection.
Racehorses are asked to perform at their maximum output on a regular basis, and their environment and feeding pattern is very strictly controlled. Horses often travel vast distances to races, mixing with others from all over the country. During such a high-stress environment, particularly after a race, the horse is more vulnerable to disease, increasing the risk of cross-contamination.
In their natural environment, horses and ponies move around most of the day and night while foraging for food. This keeps their joints and bodily systems supple and working correctly. When we stable a horse, it is forced to be stationary for long periods of time.