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  • Herbs to relax high strung horses
  • What to grain horses that are high strung

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    01-25-2012, 07:10 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa    
is she stall kept? Im a firm believer in 24/7 turnout with run ins. The only horses that are nuts at my barn are the ones that the owners insist live in stalls. :)
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    01-25-2012, 07:14 PM
  #12
Weanling
I had a horse like that and switched grain to pellet not a sweet feed. And went to timothy anf alfalfa mix rather then just alfalfa
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    01-25-2012, 10:30 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Sounds like a fun horse to me. I say just ride her and enjoy her.
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    01-25-2012, 11:01 PM
  #14
Trained
My mare gets hot like this. There is no just "walk around calmly" at the beginning of the ride. I immediately trot her off as soon as we get into the arena and counterarc, do small circles, quarter turns, and then once I feel her mind is back to me I take her to the middle and just lope easy small circles, taking her nose in and pretty much letting her carry me around withut any engagement except from my rein. We do sprial drills too, starting out on a big circle, spiralling in and making a tight turn then gradually widening the circle again.

After we do all that she walks like a WP horse with her head down and is completely focused. It's just getting those intial jitters out.She's started to relax more in the arena when we first walk in, thinking that the more she jigs the more work she's going to get.
     
    01-29-2012, 06:34 PM
  #15
Weanling
What kind of condition are her feet in? Has she seen a chiro lately? Sometimes horses who are high strung just need to have a job, other times there is a pain issue the horse is "running away from" undersaddle. Every horse tolerates pain differently. Try some of the herbs already suggested, you could also try lunging her before getting on to get the energy out if you can rule out it isnt a pain issue with her feet, body, tack etc.
     
    01-30-2012, 08:38 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Lots of great advice.

Don't anyone laugh too hard but:

I saw this woman on RFDTV and for $30, I am going to try this stuff on one of my horses.

The video is worth watching and it does make sense -- at least to me, as I am always reaching for "things natural and hollistic" before drugs.

The InBalance Horse: Aromatherapy Just for Horses

I think it's worth $30 and 15 minutes of daily massage to release the comfort endorphins.

I have seen what acupuncture did to release endorphins on one of my horses, so I am willing to try this stuff and see if it works or if it's Snake Oil

She also makes this for humans but it's a lot stronger than what she recommends for horses.
     
    01-30-2012, 09:16 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Eliminate pain, first. Horses show different reactions to different things, so check out back, saddle, hooves, teeth.

After that, I'd recommend magnesium. Used it myself on my own horses and it works a dream, takes a while to set it, but its good!
     
    01-30-2012, 09:18 AM
  #18
Trained
You have probably figured out with your horse that no amount of work wears him down, and he would just assume work himself to death than quit. I have rode a few like this and I just learned to live with it and made sure they had regular work. Horses that are naturally high strung like having a routine and regular work to match their energy. I have been told feeding Vitamin B crumbles help but I have never tried it.
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    01-30-2012, 10:35 AM
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Showing
If your saddle is hurting her this could be the cause of her jigging as I think that is what she is doing. It gets annoying. If you have a fence line you can ride fairly close to then you may be able to stop this. Ride her about 6' away from the fence at the walk and as soon as she picks up speed or jigs, turn her into the fence to reverse direction. She may stop the first time but just keep her bending until you are travelling in the opposite direction. Move out from the fence then reverse her again when she picks up speed. Be sure to keep her on a loose rein as it's her job to walk on a loose rein. You need to do this until she realizes that jigging means harder work but that walking allows her to relax. Once she will walk a hundred yards without jigging, dismount where you are and put her away. That is a big reward for her. Be prepared to repeat the turnbacks but likely once or twice will suffice. Again if she walks, altho go twice the distance, put her away. Oftentimes much more is accomplished in a 10 min session that numerous repetitions.
     
    01-30-2012, 10:57 AM
  #20
Foal
I agree with those that have suggested more work.
But I understand that sometimes even horses getting a good daily workout can be naturally high strung. My suggestion is, in addition to more work, try the following...

Regu-Mate: this is a hormone supplement used to stabilize and supress the hormone "estrus" in mares. Can help stabilize your mares moods and daily behavior.

Finish Line's Qui-Cal: a B1-calcium and magnesium supplement. Soothes nerves in high strung horses. Completely legal for use in rated shows! Should not be used as a daily supplement, should be used on a more as-needed basis.
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