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.