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  • Vision vs smartcalm ultra
  • L-tryptophan 1000mg horses

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    12-03-2012, 09:26 PM
  #11
Weanling
That sounds great Punks..
This Vision focusing and calming suppl I have has 400mg magnesium per scoop..It doesnt state that its drug based...
It states to feed one scoop per 8hrs as needed if trailerin..
     
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    12-03-2012, 09:32 PM
  #12
Weanling
Vision Focus & Calming Supplement | Horse Health USA
     
    12-03-2012, 09:36 PM
  #13
Started
That's not very much, smart calm Ultra has 10,000mg of Magnesium, 550mg of vitamin B1, 125mg of Tryptophan, 2,000mg of inositol, 4,000mg of taurine. The tryptophan is the more fast acting ingredient, while magnesium and B1 are the nutritional needs it's trying to balance.
Regular SmartCalm only has 5,000mg of Magnesium, 550mg of vitamin B1, 2,000mg of inositol, 4,000mg of taurine. So half the magnesium, no tryptophan. That's why I started her on Ultra then brought her down to regular when her deficiencies were balanced out and when her new diet had settled her too.


ETA: just saw your link these are your ingredients: "Each serving contains 2,500 mg l-tryptophan, 1,000 mg thiamine, 1,000 mg inositol, 500 mg riboflavin, 400 mg magnesium, 400 mg vitamin B6 and 36 mg valerian root extract." This would make it a super fast acting, very strong calming supplement. I think that would be helpful for the days around the trailering and the first couple days in the new world - but I wouldn't use this on a regular basis, it's very strong. - In my less-than-educated opinion ;)
     
    12-03-2012, 09:47 PM
  #14
Weanling
Okay that's the answer I was looking for Punks thank you:)

I'll look into getting some Smart Calm Ultra to keep around in the barn your's sounds better and safer.
     
    12-03-2012, 10:11 PM
  #15
Started
I think yours is fantastic for short term, stressful situations, like moving - but not for regular upkeep. Smart calm + ultra both are the sort that work best when used regularly, so it won't help 'in the moment' but great for regular balance. :)
     
    12-03-2012, 10:38 PM
  #16
Trained
I use SmartCalm too. I used to have my mare on regular SmartCalm plus U-Gard after she had ulcers as a preventative. My vet and I could only assume that her ulcers were from her stressing herself out because she has some serious anxiety issues.

Since it had been two years since her ulcers have healed and she's been pretty alright, I took her off U-gard, but wanted to still have a bit more prevention. SmartCal Ultra has twice the magnesium, which is also helpful with treating ulcers, so we switched.

She's even less spooky now and hasn't really had any "panic attacks" since. I will add that she is not derpy or deadheaded. If anything, she's been hotter to ride, always wanting to run around. But I have started doing cavaletti with her and she's been more focused on the task at hand after a quick correction regarding whether we are in the Kentucky Derby.
     
    12-04-2012, 11:46 PM
  #17
Weanling
My very best riding buddy used Chill on her mare when she was having issues with an worrying horse. It took the edge off but didnt make her silly or dumb. She was able to get he through the humps and go without it down the road.

It was an awesome product and I had used it on my mare once with great results as well.
     
    12-04-2012, 11:48 PM
  #18
Weanling
Thank you:)
     
    12-06-2012, 10:48 AM
  #19
Foal
Quiessence works very well. It is a metabolic supplement and a calming supplement. I used it for my mare's cresty neck and she is already calm so I didn't notice too much of a calming effect. She did seem a bit more focused and easier to work with though. It's pretty pricy though which is too bad. You can get it from Smartpak. It's made by Fox Den Equine.
     
    12-06-2012, 11:07 AM
  #20
Super Moderator
I use quiessence (Magnesium/chromium) for cresty neck & IRS problems and it did have a settling effect on my mare that had become very high strung but I wouldnt say it would be enough to calm a horse in a situation where it might over react and panic
Hot and young doesnt essentially = spooky
Most TB's I've had have been the least spooky horses I've owned and my very fizzy forward going mare never spooks at anything
I'm not sure what you're expecting your horse to do in the trailer but if its a first time then I'd suggest you just go along the road and back a few times first
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