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Stress Paste NZ$52.00

A concentrated 60ml nutritional formula designed to support your horses in times of acute stress. Such times may include when competing, racing, transporting or in extreme heat & humidity.

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WHY WOULD MY HORSE NEED STRESS PASTE?

Acute stress affects horses in many ways. They stop eating. They stop drinking. Muscles can fatigue quickly with dehydration and can result in reduced nutrients available to support energy production.

Competitions, strenuous work, transport, illness, long days competing, extreme heat and humidity, extended times off feed or other major changes to your horses's normal routine can compromise gut health. Gut bacterial populations can shift. Muscles and organs can be damaged with higher rates of oxidative stress.

Behaviour can become anxious and highly strung, and this behaviour then starts the stress cascade all over again. They stop eating. They stop drinking… and so it goes.

Stress Paste is designed to specifically address each of these responses to stress and keep the horse eating and hydrated with well-functioning, well protected muscles. This is why it is complete with so many actives. Stress Paste is also designed to support the gut so it and it’s bacteria can remain healthy during higher stress periods.

HOW TO USE STRESS PASTE

  • Each syringe is 60ml.
  • Horses weighing under 400kg: Give 30ml twice daily.
  • Horses weighing over 400kg: Give 60ml twice daily.
  • Feed Stress Paste up to 60 minutes before the stress event and then again 4 to 12 hours later.

INGREDIENTS

Yeast derived prebiotic, magnesium hydroxide, vitamin premix with natural vitamin E, vitamin C, B vitamins, natural betaine, threonine, pectin, glutamine, proline, serine.

Store below 30°C (room temperature)

NUTRITIONAL INFO

per 60mL
AMINO ACIDS
Glutamine1.5g
Threonine4g
Proline0.75g
Serine0.75g
MINERALS
Magnesium2.1g
VITAMINS
Natural Vitamin E500IU
Vitamin C5g
Vitamin B150mg
Vitamin B220mg
Niacin20mg
Vitamin B520mg
Vitamin B610mg
Folic Acid5mg
Biotin1mg
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • Why Would My Horse Need Stress Paste?
  • Stress affects horses in many ways. They stop eating. They stop drinking. Muscles can fatigue quickly with dehydration and can result in reduced nutrients available to support energy production. Competition, strenuous work, transport, long days competing, extreme heat and humidity, extended times off feed or other major changes to your horse’s normal routine and illness or extended times off feed can compromise gut health.

    Gut bacterial populations can shift. Muscles and organs can be damaged with higher rates of oxidative stress. Behaviour can become anxious and highly strung, and this behaviour then starts the stress cascade all over again. They stop eating. They stop drinking… and so it goes.

    Stress Paste is designed to specifically address each of these responses to stress and keep the horse eating and hydrated with well-functioning, well protected muscles. Stress Paste aims to support the gut so it and its bacteria can remain healthy during higher stress periods.
  • Why Is Each Active Included?
  • Each active ingredient plays a vital role in assisting your horse to cope with the stress they are about to be placed under. These actives include:

    Yeast Derived Prebiotic – Research has shown that stress during travel can change a horse’s gut bacteria populations. Plus any extended time off feed is going to reduce the supply of fibre that is available to support your horse’s good bacteria. The yeast derived prebiotic is added to assist in supporting the good bacteria through times of stress.

    Magnesium Hydroxide – This ingredient is a strong buffer and works within Stress Paste to raise the pH of the fluid in your horse’s stomach to reduce the risk of gastric ulcers. Magnesium hydroxide also provides a source of magnesium to support the expected higher requirement of this mineral during stress.

    Natural Betaine – Betaine is a naturally occurring osmolyte. Osmolytes love water, meaning betaine is able to help your horse 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.

    B-Vitamins – The B-vitamins are crucial during stress to maintain appetite and support muscle energy generation during exercise. Vitamin B1 is also needed to support normal function of the nervous system.

    Natural Vitamin E – Natural vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and will help protect your horse’s muscles from the higher levels of free radicals generated during stress and exercise.

    Vitamin C – Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and works together with vitamin E to protect your horse from free radical damage. Under normal conditions horses produce their own vitamin C. But research in horses shows that your horse’s natural vitamin C production is reduced during stress. The vitamin C in Stress Paste may support your horse during periods of stress to keep vitamin C at optimal levels.

    Pectin– Pectin is a sticky substance that is added to coat the upper sections of your horse’s stomach to provide some protection from acid splash during periods of time off feed. Pectin will also feed your horse’s good bacteria.

    Amino Acids – Threonine, glutamine, proline and serine are four amino acids critical for gut health. These amino acids are used directly by the gut to continuously regenerate and grow new, healthy gut tissue. Plus, they are needed to support the production of the protective mucus in the gut. By adding them to Stress Paste, we give your horse a readily available supply of these amino acids to help the gut stay healthy during periods of stress or time off feed.
  • When Should I use Stress Paste?
  • Here are some specific situations where you could use Stress Paste:

    Before Travel – give Stress Paste before travel to assist with hydration, and to coat and buffer the gut. This will also boost vitamin C which has been shown to be reduced in horses during travel.

    During Travel– If you are travelling for more than 4 hours, give Stress Paste during travel to recoat and rebuffer the gut as well as top up vitamin supplies and support the good bacteria.

    After Travel – give Stress Paste upon arrival to support gut health after a period of time off feed, to assist settling your horse and to help with appetite. Stress Paste may also top up your horse’s B-vitamin and antioxidant levels in preparation for work.

    Before a competition – give Stress Paste before you compete. This will assist to buffer and coat the stomach to help keep your horse comfortable and calm. Plus, your horse will have lots of vitamins on board to make sure their muscles have plenty of energy and are protected during exercise. Stress Paste should be given the day of competition and can be fed up to one hour before you compete. To assist with recovery also feed at night on the day competition.

    Post-Surgery – use Stress Paste to support the gut after surgery and an extended time off feed. Stress Paste will also provide antioxidants to help with reducing damage from oxidative stress common after surgery. Discuss the use of Stress Paste with your veterinarian in this situation prior to the operation.
  • How Should Stress Paste Be Used For Racehorses?
  • Give Stress Paste in the feed on the night prior to a race, the morning of the race and after the race has been completed in the night feed. If travelling your horse after the race for a period of time longer than 30 minutes, feed prior to commencing travel.
  • Is Stress Paste Swabbable?
  • No.
  • Can I use more than 2 tubes per day?
  • 2 tubes of Stress Paste per day should cover the majority of horses. However, in extreme circumstances like prolonged travel (e.g. interstate travel lasting more than 8 hours) or prolonged exercise (e.g. during endurance competitions) a third tube may be required. It isn’t recommended to feed 3 tubes of Stress Paste for any longer than two consecutive days.
  • Will Stress Paste help my horse stay hydrated?
  • Yes, this is one of its most important roles! The natural betaine used in Stress Paste is designed to help your horse keep hydrated, even during hot, humid conditions or during strenuous work.

    Stress Paste may also help maintain your horse’s appetite. And when horses eat well, they generally also drink well. So, they stay better hydrated!
  • When should I use the ‘stress dose’ of Digestive EQ and when should I use Stress Paste?
  • Here are our guidelines:

    Use Digestive EQ at the stress dose if your horse has longer term gut health issues. For example, diarrhoea, recovery after oral antibiotics, is a recently off-the-track thoroughbred, a horse losing weight or an aged horse needing support.

    Use Stress Paste when your horse is under acute, short term stress. For example, during travel, competition or during and after illness.

    You can also give Digestive EQ at the stress dose and Stress Paste at the same time if you wish. But please make sure the horse is adapted to Digestive EQ first.

  • Can I use this every day?
  • Stress Paste won’t cause harm if used every day, but it is not designed to be used every day. For everyday use we recommend you use Digestive EQ.

    Stress Paste can be used every day for horses who are unwell and not eating, to help support their gut health and encourage their appetite.
  • How many days in a row can I use this?
  • Stress Paste can be used for as many days in a row as your horse is under acute levels of stress. If used for more than 5 days in a row we recommend you remove it slowly by reducing to a ½ dose for 2 days and then ¼ dose for 4 days (to allow your horse’s natural vitamin C production and regulation to normalise).
  • Can it be used for foals and weanlings?
  • Yes! And in-fact Stress Paste will do a great job of helping foals and weanlings under stress (for example during travel or weaning). For foals, reduce to ¼ the recommended dose for the foal’s dam. And for weanlings use a half dose.
  • Is it safe for Broodmares?
  • Yes, Stress Paste is safe for Broodmares and would work particularly well for broodmares travelling interstate for breeding. Because of the vitamin C content of Stress Paste, we don’t recommend using Stress Paste for more than 5 consecutive days in broodmares. To manage long term stress, Digestive EQ should be used.
  • How is Stress Paste different to other products on the market?
  • Many ‘Calming’ or ‘Stress’ type products contain ingredients that act only on the horse’s nervous system to calm them.

    Stress Paste on the other hand is designed to specifically address the many negative responses to stress. Stress Paste will help to keep horses eating and hydrated with well-functioning, well protected muscles. Stress Paste also helps with recovery and most importantly, supports the gut so it, and its bacteria can remain healthy during higher stress periods.
  • Will Stress Paste sedate my horse?
  • No. Stress Paste works by targeting issues your horse may experience under acute stress (like gastric ulceration, dehydration, muscle damage and loss of appetite). In assisting your horse better cope with stress, Stress Paste helps your horse remain calm.

    Stress Paste is not designed to simply sedate a stressed horse.
  • Why isn’t Tryptophan in Stress Paste?
  • Many pastes include the amino acid, Tryptophan. It is not included in Stress Paste because in some equine sports it is swabbable. Additionally, we can’t find any research that shows it actually works.
  • Will Stress Paste assist with recovery?
  • Yes! The single most important factor for a good recovery is proper hydration. Stress Paste (combined with your chosen electrolyte) may assist keep your horse hydrated. And in doing so, will help speed up recovery.

    PLUS, the vitamin C and natural vitamin E antioxidants may protect muscles during exercise so there is less damage to repair, and the B-vitamins may maintain muscle energy production, making for an easier recovery.
  • Can Stress Paste assist with gut health?
  • Absolutely! In fact, one of its most important functions is to protect gut health during acute stress. With a powerful buffer to reduce the risk of gastric ulceration, pectin to coat the stomach and protect it from acid splash, amino acids to support your horse’s natural processes of gut repair and protection and our powerful, yeast derived prebiotic to support the hindgut’s good bacteria, a large part of what make Stress Paste so effective is the support it provides in the gut!
  • How can Stress Paste help during travel?
  • In many ways, including: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The natural betaine may help to keep your horse hydrated on long journeys. 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!
  • Should I preload with Stress Paste?
  • You can. If you know your horse is going to have a long, high stress day, you can give a dose of Stress Paste the night before.
  • Can Stress Paste help with my horse’s appetite?
  • By supporting a more stable gut environment and making sure vitamin B1 requirements are met, Stress Paste is designed to help with appetite (and we have already had some great feedback during initial feeding trials that it works!).
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