My mare, recently(past couple of months) just started going insane everytime I ride her. Ever since I got her in November 2008 I have lunged her before every ride. Lately I have been needing to lunge her, get on her and if she acts crazy I lunge her over a small jump for about 10min and then get back on her but that doesn't even help very much. She has always tossed her head a little bit and has always had energy but lately she's been tossing her head everywhere and throwing her body around. She reared up on me the other day, almost straight up. Her head is constantly up in the air(with or without martingale). I have tried about 4 different bits so far. The best one is the D-ring with copper rollers. I am getting a new bridle this week because I think the one I have now is rubbing her nose. I started using a gel pad incase her back is sensitive. But she is still going insane. I have also tried just walking her and going on relaxing trail rides sometimes so she doesn't think she has to work everytime I ride her. Nothing seems to be helping. Also, I don't know if this matters, but I do ride her about 4 times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less(depends on weather and how busy I am). I do jump her and do jumper shows with her. She is an 8 year old Morgan/QH cross.
My trainer told me to try a calming supplement with her feed to see if it helps. She told me to try "moody mare" but that is for PMS symptoms and hers isn't PMS, I don't think, since she acts like this all the time now.
Here are the ones I was thinking of trying but I do not know which one is best:
Quietex Powder: Quietex Powder from SmartPak Equine
SmartB1: SmartB1 from SmartPak Equine
SmartCalm Ultra: SmartCalm Ultra from SmartPak Equine
Moody Mare(the one my trainer said to try): Moody Mare
If you have any other suggestions they are greatly appreciated. I wouldn't like to spend an insane amount of money on supplements but I know sometimes you have to spend a lot for something good.
Thanks a bunch!!