He's your horse! Don't do anything you don't see a real need for.
Personally, I think there's a time and place for come calming supplements. I think there are definitely horses that need things like "Mare Magic" or magnesium to help them focus.
I know my mare is one of them. Off Mare Magic, she's a lunatic. I've spent years training her, training her to calm down and to be responsive, but when she's in heat, all that training goes out the window. MM helps her think before she acts which is just enough to make her a whole lot safer to be around. I continue to train her correctly, I just use MM so we can have enjoy repeated happy safe rides/happy safe groundwork vs rides/groundwork where I'm constantly nagging her to listen to me and her attention is on everything but me. Of course, now she's been on the MM for so long she's learned new behavior patterns to deal with stress so, if I wanted, I could take her off it. But since it ain't broke, it doesn't need fixing.
Other horses seem to need more of certain vitamins, like magnesium. A horse lacking in magnesium tends to be a super fractious "crazy" horse. I really don't think it's so bad to supplement that magnesium deficient horse with some magnesium and then see a much calmer, more focused, horse as a result.
Of course, I don't think anyone should be "doping" their horse or anything like that, but I think that some horses can REALLY benefit from a natural, non-doping, calming supplement.
I spent so many years being frustrated with my mare and just constantly fighting her because she just couldn't focus on me. I feel like it was a kindness to her, as well as to myself, when I put her on Mare Magic. She got a calmer happier rider and I got a safer saner horse. It was just all around beneficial.
Of course, don't put your boy on anything if you don't want to, but please don't say calming supplements are all terrible because they're really not. They can certainly be misused but pretty much everything else in the world is like that. Even water can kill you, if you drink too much of it!
Just my thoughts. :)
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 04-20-2012 at 10:34 PM.