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post #1 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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focusing and calming supplement

Has anyone tried these supplements, and how have they worked for you????

I just got some Vision focusing supplement for my spooky horse..I was wondering if you feed this daily or only when your going to trailer or do high competitive work?

I mainly bought it for trailering but also would like to see if it takes the spook out some while out on the trail. I am wondering if this is something that has to be feed daily to get the calmness or if one dose does the trick that day.
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 01:13 PM
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Why is your horse spooky?

What are you feeding? How much training has this horse had? How are you handling the horse? So many things to address before adding "calming supps"
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 03:30 PM
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I have tried SmartPak's SmartCalm Ultra in the past with success. I only used it when I first started working with him as a somewhat green 6yo. It helped him relax and focus on his job instead of the distractions around him. I used it only temporarily (daily for about 3 mos) and stopped prior to our first show season. Be aware that many calming supplements contain substances banned for competitive use, so do your research if you plan to show in a venue that may test.

If you want just a one-time dose, you can always try Cool and Calm. Its active ingredient, IIRC, is tryptophan (the same substance that makes you sleepy after you eat turkey).
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 06:03 PM
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I agree with Poppy that we need some more information here.

One thing you might consider looking into is whether the soil in your area (or in the area where your hay is grown) is magnesium deficient. Magnesium deficiency can cause a horse to be nervous or high strung, and it is always good to start by looking at what the horse is and is not getting in its diet.
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post #5 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 06:40 PM
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Need more iformation on whats being fed. I dont think a calming supplament is the awnser for a spooky horse. Sometimes they just need more miles put on them thats what we did for my daughters horse. He was very spooky put lots of miles on him did 4 hour rides sometimes longer. Hed start off spooky by the end he wasnt spooky anymore.Plus cut out the grain that also made a driffrence. Iv found horses that are hot nervious and spooky its caused by feeding grain.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone thanx for your reply's, I am just getting back..
I am serious I could make a noise and flinch at my horse and he will spook. The reason for buying and thinking of feeding the supplement is that we are going to trailer my horse for the first time and take him out and about to a trainer. (Trainer is just for fun with touch ups on riding - niece and I going to take our horses out)

My horse is a 16.3hh Reg Appy with TB down in the bloodlines. He is four years old.
I have owned him now for four months or something like that..We have been doing our ground work and currently going to start the Fundamentals.
I am not green to the horse world totally
I bought the supplement thinking that it will help to keep my horse calm and easy to handle while at the trainers, I dont want him so high strung that I wont be able to ride him while there...."New area"
He trailers fine so not really worried about getting him in and out of the trailer..

poppy He's spooky because he is young and hot...Not to mention that he has only been worked with probably a good year then that was it till I got him.
I am feeding one flake of alfalfa morning and night.
1lb rice bran morning and night.
2lbs beet pulp morning and night.
(I just took him off of 2lbs of soaked alfalfa cubes morning and night)
I have had him four months there abouts..Training is ground training daily...Riding somewhat moderate...
He spooks*

timid Thank you.

draft My horse has a mineral block and a salt block in his stall..Do you think thats enough?
Really I just think that he is young and really hasnt been handled a lot..
I wanted to try the supplements to take the edge off..
I wouldnt plan on using it all the time just when I take him out to different places..
I dont know??? He may change after I start the ground work with the Fundamentals..

spirit Thats the! Put many miles on him. This is a big horse and I wanted to see if anyone seen good results with the supplements..
My horse only gets rice bran and the pulp..
Really his spooks are short lived just occur more than I like...ha ha!
Its funny, he will jump out of his skin when the wind blows then ride fine and boom there he went again out of his skin...

He is young and still has some manners to learn and really he is learning me too.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 08:18 PM
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How much does he get worked? Not just working on things on the ground unless he is really moving? He might just not be getting worked enough.

I have an older arab but I just halter broke her this past winter then started her under saddle this spring. If she is not worked at least 5 days a week she turns into a spastic jump at every little thing crazy horse. He might just simply need work.

The only thing my horse gets is mare magic because other wise she is an overactive mare. She winks and does the whole mare thing without it. Doesn't really calm her at all. But it is natural and can be used on geldings. If you needed to use something I would opt for that since it is not a drug but just a plant.
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2-3 hrs a day ground work four days a wk. After that he is pasture out with other horses.
Riding is occasional on the weekend...Maybe an hr.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-03-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Oh you have a warm blooded one ha ha! I had two arabs before and yes they need to be handled...
I dont think I will ever have another mare (I say that but really I dont know)
I dont prefer mares due to that "season time" My young one I had that was four at the time drove me insane...I could only imagine what she did to my gelding that was with her lol!

This suppl doesn't cause drowsiness.
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My mare was spooky, left in her paddock I counted her spook 17 times in 1 hour, those were just the spooks big enough to get her running wildly, not just jump a little. She was petrified all the time.
I learned thanks to much help from HF that her diet was too hot for her (she was getting oats and alfalfa pellets). So I switched her to just a ration balancer and hay. I also started her on SmartCalm Ultra, after about a month she was no longer spooking over 'nothing' but was still spooking when there was something semi-spooky, like me coming out of her door without announcing myself first. After another month she was focused, she only spooks if there is something truly spook-worthy (the neighbors electric saw), and she gets over it quickly. She's transitioned to spooking more in place than her old explosions. Turns out she was magnesium deficient.
It's been a few more months and her better diet is doing the job, I put her on just regular SmartCalm and she's been fantastic ever sense!

Calming supplements are good - but don't expect it to work right away, unless you get one that's more drug based and less focused on filling a nutritional deficiency.
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