Research suggests aromatherapy treatment works to ease stress in horses and could benefit the equine industry.

The findings of the research, conducted at Louisiana’s McNeese State University, has been published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Acute Stressed Horses was co-authored by assistant professor of animal sciences Dr. Edward Ferguson, local veterinarian Dr. H.F. Kleinman and rodeo coach Justin Browning, who is also an agriculture instructor.

Ferguson said horses have a heightened sense of sight and sound and this excitable instinct can cause problems to the horse’s health during training or during transport.

Horsetalk, online, June 2, 2013