Horses Get Calm Smelling Lavender, say Researchers

While this fact may be well-known anecdotally, researchers have now demonstrated scientifically the calming benefits of lavender aromatherapy for horses.


A calmer horse is just a sniff away

There are many things that can stress out horses, trailering, bathing, clipping, vet visits, hoof trims, bridling, and saddling, to name a few. Fortunately, scientists have now confirmed a remedy that will lessen the stress for horses:  Research recently published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science found significant signs of stress reduction in horses that inhaled lavender from a diffuser. 
See the study here.


Journal Reference:  Ann Linda Baldwin, Isabelle Chea. Effect of Aromatherapy on Equine Heart Rate Variability. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 2018; 68: 46 DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2018.05.213