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    10-12-2011, 07:59 AM
  #21
Showing
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Originally Posted by milk    
What brand is it? I'm assuming it doesnt work the first day you add it to the feed, right?
Confidence Plus VF - Horse Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine From my experience and what I've read it takes about a week to kick in for pretty much any daily calmer. BTW, if you'll consider one I wouldn't recommend those with valerian - it's not good for the stomach in long run.
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    10-12-2011, 08:53 AM
  #22
Showing
You are moving your horse when? A year and a half and already you are thinking up trouble. At this rate you should have ulcers long before the moving date. We can't know the future so try to stop fretting. He does need you to be his rock. A simple solution to your fear of his bolting is to use a lunge line with a stud chain on it and get him used to the feel of it. If there is a paddock or arena you can unload in then so much the better. Now, quit worrying, it will be fine. If you haven't been trailering him get some practise time in so that at least the trailer is familiar.
     
    10-12-2011, 09:57 AM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
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?!?
Whaa? Sorry, you'll have to explain.
     
    10-12-2011, 09:58 AM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Confidence Plus VF - Horse Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine From my experience and what I've read it takes about a week to kick in for pretty much any daily calmer. BTW, if you'll consider one I wouldn't recommend those with valerian - it's not good for the stomach in long run.
Ok, thanks alot!
     
    10-12-2011, 10:04 AM
  #25
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
You are moving your horse when? A year and a half and already you are thinking up trouble. At this rate you should have ulcers long before the moving date. We can't know the future so try to stop fretting. He does need you to be his rock. A simple solution to your fear of his bolting is to use a lunge line with a stud chain on it and get him used to the feel of it. If there is a paddock or arena you can unload in then so much the better. Now, quit worrying, it will be fine. If you haven't been trailering him get some practise time in so that at least the trailer is familiar.
I guess I just want to be prepared for the worst. I wouldn't say I'm stressing about it; I've just began my research. I'm not so much worrying about this day as looking foreward to it. It's a big step up for him .
     
    10-12-2011, 11:15 PM
  #26
Trained
Ha ha!

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Well, that's because I don't feel that the problem lies in the trailering, but in the other horses. Does that make sence?
That's what I said made sense & didn't want to sound lecture-y about.

Ace is a type of equine sedative... & it sounded like you could do with a few tots of 'Dutch courage' on the day yourself!

I missed the bit where you said this was all going down in a year & a half. Therefore I'd personally be concentrating more on preparing him and less on researching sedatives for now. Whether or not the prob lies in trailering, if you're going to put him in one & he's had little experience with it, I think it's still very worthwhile to do some training there. While I don't do stud chains & the likes, if you're not sure of your ability to control him, teaching him to yield & respond to you on a long line is also a good move. As for other horses, is he generally a problem in that regard, or has he had little socialisation with them or such? I don't know your situation or how hard or impossible it may be for you, but bringing other horses, or taking him to others for visits with sociable horses one on one, will give you a better idea & help prepare you & him for what may go on at the new place.
     
    10-13-2011, 08:37 AM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Ha ha!

That's what I said made sense & didn't want to sound lecture-y about.

Ace is a type of equine sedative... & it sounded like you could do with a few tots of 'Dutch courage' on the day yourself!

I missed the bit where you said this was all going down in a year & a half. Therefore I'd personally be concentrating more on preparing him and less on researching sedatives for now. Whether or not the prob lies in trailering, if you're going to put him in one & he's had little experience with it, I think it's still very worthwhile to do some training there. While I don't do stud chains & the likes, if you're not sure of your ability to control him, teaching him to yield & respond to you on a long line is also a good move. As for other horses, is he generally a problem in that regard, or has he had little socialisation with them or such? I don't know your situation or how hard or impossible it may be for you, but bringing other horses, or taking him to others for visits with sociable horses one on one, will give you a better idea & help prepare you & him for what may go on at the new place.
Well another problem that I have is that I live and go to school three hours away from him :(
     
    10-13-2011, 09:54 PM
  #28
Weanling
Total Calm & Focus Paste Calming Supplement < Calming Supplements < Horse Supplies|Dover Saddlery.

I can't even tell you how much this stuff has saved me. Now, we can actually have a calm and normal show. Poor boy gets beyond stressed at shows. Now he's calm and collected, and on the job just like he is at home.

Just give it two hours before the move, and it'll last for quite a while. The effects slowly wear off, so he won't even recognize the change. By then, he should be nice and settled. It also comes in a powder for regular supplemental feeding.
     
    10-13-2011, 11:14 PM
  #29
Trained
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Originally Posted by milk    
Well another problem that I have is that I live and go to school three hours away from him :(
Oh that's difficult too, but in a year & a half you should be able to wrangle your time for a fair few sessions, even if it's only every 5-6 weeks when the farrier comes or such, that'll add up & be much better than nothing.
     
    10-14-2011, 01:40 PM
  #30
Foal
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Originally Posted by DejaVu    
Total Calm & Focus Paste Calming Supplement < Calming Supplements < Horse Supplies|Dover Saddlery.

I can't even tell you how much this stuff has saved me. Now, we can actually have a calm and normal show. Poor boy gets beyond stressed at shows. Now he's calm and collected, and on the job just like he is at home.

Just give it two hours before the move, and it'll last for quite a while. The effects slowly wear off, so he won't even recognize the change. By then, he should be nice and settled. It also comes in a powder for regular supplemental feeding.
Oh thank you so much!
     

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