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The Use of Equine Lavender Aromatherapy to Suppress Stress When Trailering

The objective of this study was to determine whether lavender, when diffused into the air, could be used to decrease heart rate and blood cortisol levels in horses encountering stressful situations like hauling horses in a horse trailer. Stimulation by hauling the animals resulted in an increase in HR and treatment with lavender aromatherapy, such as that provided by HorseScents, resulted in a nonsignificant decrease in HR.

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