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post #1 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Calm and Cool Supplement

A trainer recomended using this supplement for my high strung mare. Is this worth the money? Has anyone used it and noticed a difference?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-24-2010, 12:36 AM
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I haven't used that, but i was using quietex on my guy and while it did take the edge off him a tiny bit, but i noticed he was a lot more focused on me when i rode him. I mostly put him on calming stuff in the winter when we can't ride as much, but his recent problems the quietex didn't seem to work, so i switched him to smart calm ultra. He has only been on it for 2 weeks and it takes 4-6 weeks to really notice. I need something to work now, i noticed pretty much within a week the quietex was working. So i don't know what to do with him now. I have heard lots of people say the calm and cool does not work and does weird things to their horses and makes them worse. So i have avoided it, wondering if this is doing the same to my guy...
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-24-2010, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks? What do you mean by the statement that it has done bad things to horses?
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-24-2010, 01:40 AM
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I would look for other solutions before adding in a calming supplement. What is he being fed? How often is he worked?
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-24-2010, 01:51 AM
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My friend said her horse got really nervous and spooked at everything when she gave him calm and cool, now this was years ago, but she said she has had other people complain.

I work my horse every single day and we ride for hours sometimes and he could still go... I could ride him all day long and he would still want to keep going. He never calms down. I talk to my vet about everything that goes on with my horse and guitar you might want to do the same thing, you know just see what their opinion is on what is going on or if they have a suggestion. My vet suggest quietex for my horse.. He has been seeing my horse for 6 years now and is up to date on every supplement and feed my horse gets. He is a saddlebred and he just needs to chill. Personally i think some horses just need a little something sometimes. My friends walking horse was a maniac and she put him on quessence don't think that is spelled right, and he chilled out and she slowly weaned him off it, and he works AMAZING for her now. I don't give my guy his year round, because we can't show with most supplements. I want him worked up when i show him, but he is completely mellow at shows.

Like how high strung, and why does the trainer want her on a supplement?
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-26-2010, 01:44 PM
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I second the notion to look into what hes being fed first. If hes being fed sweetfeed (corn, oats, SUGAR) cut that first and replace with a "less hot" feed.
Beyond adjusting feed I'd suggest its a training issue - high strung and mis-behaving can be two different things.
Lastly, I have had friends who've used different "calming supplements" and have tried myself way back - it can take a little edge off as herbs have these affects just like a warm lavender towel might help you sleep a little - but they are not a cure all.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-26-2010, 01:53 PM
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I am gonna start using something on my horse called relax me. She is a TB mare and a big handful. I have only started feeding her hard feed these past few weeks so it is not that making her crazy. I am also gonna get her a thing for moody mares to see if it is her moodiness making her mad.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-26-2010, 02:51 PM
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I had zero luck with Calm&Cool. I personally use this one for my hyper mare: Valerian Free RelaxBlend - Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine (NO valerian as well, valerian is not really healthy for the stomach in long run).
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