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    09-24-2013, 08:11 PM
Question Calming Supplement ?

I have a 14 yr old Selle Francais/TB gelding who has not left home in approx 8 yrs. He works very well at home under saddle with some occasional frisky behavior on cool windy days. A 15 yr old girl has been riding him for the past year & we decided to take him to a schooling show this month. At the show he was extremely nervous and very tense both at the trailer & in the ring. I lunged prior to warm up but he was still on edge. She rode him in a couple of walk trot classes without any real issues. The next class he spooked and planted all 4 hooves in the ground. When she asked him to move forward he reared & flipped over.
My ? Is do any of the supplements on the market truly help with relaxation? I started him on Smart Calm a Ultra pellets 3 months ago but it did not seem to help when he left home.
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    09-24-2013, 08:18 PM
The best supplement for truly edgy horses is mare magic in my opinion. The two horses who are both EXTREMELY hot both went docile from it. I had my TB on smartcalm ultra her first few shows but she's always been a super calm girl.
    09-24-2013, 08:21 PM
I like vita-calm.
I use it for any stressful situation that I know will affect them.
    09-24-2013, 08:37 PM
Do you feed this daily or on event days?
    09-24-2013, 08:39 PM
Does Mare Magic work on both geldings & mares? I also have a mare who is a little high strung but she actually works great when in heat
    09-24-2013, 08:40 PM
I use Valerian root you can get it at any drug store or the mart store. It only takes an hour to kick in and lasts up to 5 hours, it does not make them dull just more relaxed. You only have to give it when you need it. You would have to experiment a little to find the best dosage. Start with 2 and see how it goes if you do it at home you will be able to tell if it having an affect. I gave one of mine 5 once when he injured himself and I had to clean the wound and he was not cooperating, he fell asleep while I was cleaning him up.

I gave my daughters pony 2 valerian root before a Christmas parade last year, it was their first parade and pony who is usually a bit reactive was just as quiet as could be.
    09-24-2013, 08:41 PM
Since you say he works fine at home, I don't think a calming supplement is going to be effective for you. It's normal for a horse to be nervous and excitable when taken somewhere new, especially so if they haven't been off property in 8 years and you take them to a busy environment like a show. To get him over it, you have to get him used to going places. At first it could be trips to nearby stables that allow haul-ins, don't even worry about working him there at first- just put him in a round pen with some hay or hand walk him for a short while and then take him back home. Work up to taking him places and doing serious schooling sessions, then small show environments, etc.
    09-24-2013, 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by MAA413    
Do you feed this daily or on event days?
You can feed daily, I had a friend that did. I only gave it when I was trailering or when turning them out after stall rest so they didn't go crazy and act like a fool.

It's a powder, but I find that with a little molasses or applesauce they eat it right up. My non-picky eater will eat it without anything added, only a handful of grain.
    09-24-2013, 08:54 PM
It was a small schooling show & I agree exposure is best but I was looking for something to relax him so the exposure isn't so stressful.
He will do the same thing if spooked on a trail - he will plant all 4 feet & if asked to move forward he will rear instead of going forward. He will rear & flip over without trying to stop himself from falling. He is quite strong & easily bucks & rears while playing in the fields. Not sure how to cure the rearing either. I have had horses for 30+ years, since I was a child & this is the first one like this.
    09-24-2013, 08:55 PM
Mare magic is an all natural herb based supplement that works on mares geldings and stallions

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