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    10-11-2011, 12:07 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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.
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    10-11-2011, 12:13 PM
  #12
Trained
I agree. Don't borrow trouble. If you expect your horse to react badly then don't be suprised when your horse doesn't dissapoint you.
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    10-11-2011, 12:22 PM
  #13
Showing
I do give one of my horses scoop of herb calmer (chammomile and vervain) in her feed (it's just half of the recommended dose). Actually yes, I did notice the difference, not just to ride, but her behavior in field - she's more relaxed and not as alert. But from what I know calmers work differently on different horses.
     
    10-11-2011, 01:49 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Someone on here recommended a product called "Rescue Remedy" to me when I posted about my normally calm horse being quite high strung at shows. I haven't gone to another show since to test it out, but it seems to get good reviews. It seems surprisingly easy to find for something I had never heard of- it's even sold by Amazon.
     
    10-11-2011, 03:41 PM
  #15
Foal
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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!
     
    10-11-2011, 03:42 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I do give one of my horses scoop of herb calmer (chammomile and vervain) in her feed (it's just half of the recommended dose). Actually yes, I did notice the difference, not just to ride, but her behavior in field - she's more relaxed and not as alert. But from what I know calmers work differently on different horses.
What brand is it? I'm assuming it doesnt work the first day you add it to the feed, right?
     
    10-11-2011, 03:43 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Someone on here recommended a product called "Rescue Remedy" to me when I posted about my normally calm horse being quite high strung at shows. I haven't gone to another show since to test it out, but it seems to get good reviews. It seems surprisingly easy to find for something I had never heard of- it's even sold by Amazon.
Thanks alot, I'll look into it.
     
    10-11-2011, 06:34 PM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by milk    
He's a relatively well trained horses and I don't think he'll give me too much trouble getting into and out of the trailor, so I wouldn't want to waste my money renting a trailor more than I have to.
Yet you've said he's inexperienced with trailering, you are considering sedating him because you anticipate some excitement and you're unloading the horse near a busy road with no fences... I wouldn't personally consider hiring a trailer early at all a waste of money in that situation.
     
    10-11-2011, 10:55 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Yet you've said he's inexperienced with trailering, you are considering sedating him because you anticipate some excitement and you're unloading the horse near a busy road with no fences... I wouldn't personally consider hiring a trailer early at all a waste of money in that situation.
Well, that's because I don't feel that the problem lies in the trailering, but in the other horses. Does that make sence?
     
    10-11-2011, 11:43 PM
  #20
Trained
Yeah, makes sense. Didn't mean to sound lecture-y BTW, just thought it worth considering seriously, given what you'd said. So maybe all that's needed to ensure all's well is a spot of Ace for him... & a couple of tots for you?!?
     

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