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post #1 of 14 Old 02-12-2011, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Mare Magic vs. SmartCalm

I'm considering getting one of these two for Abby, but I would like opinions on which one.

I plan to start her on UGard soon to prevent her ulcers from coming back and figure Mare Magic or SmartCalm would help her be less anxious, which would help the anti-ulcer cause. Her personality is also the definition of "mare-ish." I love me some mares and some attitude, but sometimes she's just a total jerk about it.

Back on topic: I got 3 small smartpak samples of SmartCalm powder. I finally gave it to her today to see if she'd eat it. It smells like that blueberry muffin batter powder that comes in boxes at the grocery stores and I'm pretty sure she thought it was a treat from her reaction.

Does anyone have any experience with either of these?

ETA: I forgot to add that she isn't stalled, she is pasture kept and only gets 1lb of oats twice a day. When I called the vet in November because of her sudden personality change and not allowing me to touch her stomach and suggested ulcers, she said she wouldn't be surprised based on her personality more than anything. She's just kind of jumpy and spooky, but at the same time a total snot.

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I'm considering getting one of these two for Abby, but I would like opinions on which one.

I plan to start her on UGard soon to prevent her ulcers from coming back and figure Mare Magic or SmartCalm would help her be less anxious, which would help the anti-ulcer cause. Her personality is also the definition of "mare-ish." I love me some mares and some attitude, but sometimes she's just a total jerk about it.

Back on topic: I got 3 small smartpak samples of SmartCalm powder. I finally gave it to her today to see if she'd eat it. It smells like that blueberry muffin batter powder that comes in boxes at the grocery stores and I'm pretty sure she thought it was a treat from her reaction.

Does anyone have any experience with either of these?

ETA: I forgot to add that she isn't stalled, she is pasture kept and only gets 1lb of oats twice a day. When I called the vet in November because of her sudden personality change and not allowing me to touch her stomach and suggested ulcers, she said she wouldn't be surprised based on her personality more than anything. She's just kind of jumpy and spooky, but at the same time a total snot.
I use smartcalm on my gelding, OMG I love the smell lol, I noticed a huge difference in his behavior, he was constantly pawing while eating and while I was preparing his food, he was spooky and antsy, since being on it he hardly ever paws and he is much calmer and doesn't get so worked up over new things(like me wearing gloves lol)
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Hahah. I love the smell too! I was really surprised when I opened the little pack because all of the other supplement powders at my barn smell awful (except for Progressive in the blue bag, which smells like strawberry poptarts).

Thanks! Abby paws quite often when I have her tied in the barn and I walk off to go do something. She gets nervous about it, even if I'm within sight just about 10 feet away.
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I tried both with my moody mare and neither of them worked. Loved the smell though!

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Thanks, Starline. I was reading reviews smartpak's website and every once in a while one would say it did nothing. That seemed to happen more with Mare Magic and then they switched back to SmartCalm.

They're both around $20 for a month's worth, so I might just order the small amount, then see if it does anything. I think I'll start with SmartCalm just because I already know she loves the taste.
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Mare Magic didn't work for my horse, and I'm not fan of extra-supplements (the SmartCalm is all about). SmartPack used to sell Valerian-free RelaxBlend - Horse Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine, but not anymore. It worked great (and I used just half-dose of what they recommended). Now since they stopped selling it I going to try Confidence Plus VF - Horse Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine from them.
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I just got some Mare Magic for Lacey last week at the feed store so I can't really tell you whether it's working yet, but I can tell you that she has been a lot more controllably excited since I started her on it. She's a very excitable girl and usually when she gets excited, she starts getting kind of rushy and a little bit scary since you're not sure if she's going to remember about your "bubble" or not when you're leading her, but since about Thursday, she's gotten excited but her head stayed on and she remembered her manners, while being excited.
I don't know if I can attribute that to the Mare Magic at all, but I like it if it is!
Also, Mare Magic smells so good. It's great. Haha

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I used MareMagic on my clyde gelding, and it worked very well. I have heard great things about SmartPacks, though, and their brochures are very intrigueing, it seems a lot easier and simpler.

Have you tried a B1 supplement? I use to give it to the Thoroughbreds and it calmed them down a lot.
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Well I would not feed Oats to an already excitable horse...Maybe change her feed?
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She's not very excitable and dancing around and the like, she is just rather uptight. She knows her manners about leading and most things, but she's got an attitude if she doesn't want to do something. She's very smart and a quick learner, so it would be easier to teach her new things if she was calmer and not worried about either throwing a fit or other noises coming from the barn. Like the big garage type door. As many times as she's near it and it moves, she spooks.

Kitten_val: I would love to try those..if they were a bit cheaper. I'm in college and need to be even more frugal than I was before. Le sigh.

I think I might just get a one-month supply of SmartCalm to see if it works. Most of the reviews say it kicks in after about 2 weeks. If I don't notice a difference, I'll try Mare Magic.

Thanks guys.

ETA: What do you guys think? Pellets or powder? The samples I got were powder and she liked that a lot. I just want to make sure she's going to get it in her mouth rather than all over her nose. And I plan to get her UGard in pellets.

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