Equine stress can be caused by many scenarios. Stress and anxiety factors can include travelling to and from events, taking part in the events or medical issues that affect the mood of the horse or pony. Understanding equine stress can help you lead to making the right decision to help you solve the problem. For example, if the horse is suffering from pain, the pain itself can be the root cause of the stress. Therefore, it is important to recognise why it may be suffering. Common ailments that cause the animal to be stressed are ulcers, irritation caused from lice/mites, menstrual issues in mares or a change in diet.