Stress – Is it always a bad thing?

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Is Stress Always Bad for Horses?  Dr David Marlin

Today the use of the word “stress” in almost any context is taken to mean something undesirable or harmful. Mental stress, psychological stress, dietary stress, stress on limbs, heat stress, oxidative stress, metabolic stress, physical stress, stress fracture and so on, all have bad connotations. However, it was just after the start of the 20th century that a physiologist called Walter Cannon started using the term stress in relation to the “fight or flight” response. Physiologists generally understand that a degree of stress is essential for survival and adaptation but . . .

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