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        06-07-2009, 12:11 PM
    I think you're barking up the wrong tree. I don't think she needs a calming supplement. I agree with everyone who said to alter her diet, and rule out pain. If it's only when she is being ridden, it's more likely a bad saddle fit than she is just high strung.

    After you have ruled all that out, and still think you need a supplement, you can try lavendar oil, and put it around her nostrils. The smell is supposed to be soothing. I'm sure there are more oils out there you can use, but I'm pretty sure this is something you can fix with good training.
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        06-08-2009, 03:51 PM
    Thanks everyone. I will definitely try to do everything you guys have said. But some of it may have been her bridle bothering her. The one I got for her had started to rub her nose and rubbed a bunch of the hair off, since its thinner hair not that its summer so I got a new padded soft bridle and she barely tossed her head. Even at the show she did absolutely amazing. So maybe a lot of it was just my bridle and I didn't know until it started rubbing the hair off? Me and her got first, third, fifth and reserve champ. She barely tossed her head at all and she was SUPER calm, and she got her normal amount of grain and no calmers or anything.

    My girth is always cleaned. Lately I have been needing to wash it every weekend because it gets all sweaty and gross. I do need to get a new one though. This one is almost too big on her, and think, when I first got her I had to use a girth extender to get it to fit! Haha

    But thanks for the help everyone!!!
        06-08-2009, 04:40 PM
    I would be careful with the hormone supplements. They can cause problems with the mare if it is not paid special attention to. Blood clots, cancer etc... that's all : )
        06-09-2009, 10:28 PM
    I have one mare that can be hot if I don't make sure she has the holes in her trace minerals filled. I.e - selenium & magnesium are naturally near non existent here, so she gets a trace mineral salt block, and magnesium top dressed on her strategy. Not all the horses I handle have that problem, she is just more sensitive to it.The magnesium can take the heat down a notch on them, and it's cheap. Hope you find something that works for you.
        06-09-2009, 10:43 PM
    I would definitely have someone check both her teeth, her saddle, her diet, and then go on to supplements. Personally, I like any supplement with vitamin B1 in it. Try Finish Line's Thi-Cal (I think that's the one). My horse is on that one and it does wonders. We also tried the Smartcalm Ultra. Dillon, my horse, gets worked up easily and we find that if we take a time out and do something easy, he relaxes. We often trot hills, do shoulder-ins, figure-8's, etc... I hope this helps...
        06-10-2009, 10:37 AM
    Congrats on your success at the show!
        06-12-2009, 11:28 AM
    Have you had her head checked. She may have hurt it somehow and the pressure from the bridle and bits are causing her pain. You said she is fine on the ground so to me that rules out feed etc. Like someone else said it maybe her back but to me it seems more of a head problem if she is flinging her head around. Try pressing on different parts of her head to see if you get a reaction. Or it could be teeth problems.
        06-12-2009, 11:40 PM
    I think finding out the cause of the behavior is imperative. You can't just give a horse hormonal implants unless they are truly out of balance. And, if they are out of balance, you must figure out why - treat the cause, or you will just mask pathology. If you really want herb advice, you need to see a naturopathic physician or holistic vet. They are fabulous at figuring out complicated problems that most medical professionals can't!
        06-16-2009, 03:42 AM
    Definitley not quietex.
    It didnt help either of my horses and it made my arab colic.

    (it was the right dosage, I promise)
        06-16-2009, 10:50 PM

    Have you tried horse acupuncture? I used it for my horse and it was great! I certainly noticed a difference in her affect. She was calmer and happier.

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