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Pressure to Put My Horse on Calming Drugs... *Small Rant*

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  • Is it ok to give a calming drug to your horse
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    04-20-2012, 06:56 PM
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Foal
Pressure to Put My Horse on Calming Drugs... *Small Rant*

Alot of people at my barn think I should give my horse some kind of calming "supplements" for shows. They think it would help him focus so I can win more ribbons. The thing is I don't want to give my horse drugs! When I tell them that, they say "its not a drug, its all natural." I disagree, I think a drug is anything that changes how something acts or feels... and I quote from Dictionary.com... a drug is
"any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals." So technically what they say is "all natural" is still a drug. The reason I don't want to give it to him is because I want to teach him to be calmer and focused, I don't want to take the shortcut, drugs only put it off till later, they wont teach him long term to calm down. These people don't get it! They keep pressuring me, they say he will be so much better and calmer and focus alot more and you should just try it once, there is nothing wrong with that, and you'll win so many blue ribbons... blah blah blah... I don't care if I win ribbons! I just go to have a good time and its not like I'm riding profesionally where it really matters. I wish they would just drop it because it really frazzles me whenever they bring it up. It seems like theyre making descisions for me and I don't really think its their place to tell me what to do... Do any of you agree with me?
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    04-20-2012, 07:12 PM
  #2
Started
Pressure to win sucks doesn't it?

It sounds like you have a good idea what you want to do, so screw the people who want to pressure you otherwise.

I find this phrase used A LOT on this forum:
There is no substitute for good training.
And it's true.
     
    04-20-2012, 07:19 PM
  #3
Green Broke
If your horse has no medical reason to be on "drugs" then no way. Me myself need them to combat anxiety,
     
    04-20-2012, 08:39 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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It sounds like you have a good idea what you want to do, so screw the people who want to pressure you otherwise.
I agree 100%.

Honestly, get firm with them (or "whenchy", whatever works). Everytime they suggest something, look them square in the eye and tell them that you will not be giving you horse any kind of calming supplement and it is clearly none of their business what you give your horse. And you are not going to talk or argue about it further. Period. Ignore them if they continue to pester you about it.

It's one thing to make a suggestion to someone. It's another thing to pressure someone to do something.

I certainly agree with what you want to do.
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    04-20-2012, 10:11 PM
  #5
Showing
I think they enjoy pulling your chain. The best response is no response and just continue what you are doing. Or, you can abruptly change the subject as tho you didn't hear what was being said.
     
    04-20-2012, 10:12 PM
  #6
Weanling
Your horse.

I however love my anxiety meds.
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    04-20-2012, 10:24 PM
  #7
Weanling
Just tell them no! Most of that stuff stops working anyway then you gotta start getting stronger meds, these ppl at my barn are haveing that struggle now, its not worth it
     
    04-20-2012, 10:30 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
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. :)
     
    04-20-2012, 10:45 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Don't do it..My Lark's previous owners would give her a shot of ACE, a tranq, before runs..I am a big believer in not giving calming supplements. If your horse needs to settle down at shows and collect herself go back to training and work from there, not drugs.. It seems like you're making a very good decision and screw the people who are pushing you to do it.. It's not their business or worth risking your mare becoming dependent on the drugs..
     
    04-20-2012, 10:52 PM
  #10
Started
Good for you for sticking to your beliefs! They should mind their own beeswax. Hmm, maybe tell them that? ;P
     

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