Originally Posted by natisha
Here's is my unofficial opinion on calming aids.
Person is anxious about the horse being anxious. Person gives horse calming aid. Person is then calm because she/he is counting on the calming aid to work. Person is calm=horse is calm.
So yes, calming aids work-for the person.
This is a great quote and I am aware of this and I practice it.
I guess I just want the move to go as smoothly as possible and I was wondering if a calming aid would make the move safer. Worse case senerio, with all the hustle and bustle, my horse wouldn't care too much about how I was feeling and instead pick up on the other horses who would get all roudy because a new horse was entering the premisis. Maybe their energy would drown mine out... Seeing that they out-number me.
But your statement is true!