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    03-08-2010, 11:27 AM
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Natural calming supplements?

I've decided I'm going to put my gelding on a calming supplement. He's nervous and stressed and ulcer-prone, so it's for his own benefit. Is there anything that's a) natural, b) pretty cheap, and c) actually works?



BTW - I've had blood work done on him. He was a little anemic so, per my vet's recommendation, I put him on an all-around mineral supplement. He's not anemic anymore.
     
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    03-08-2010, 11:45 AM
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Weanling
I tried (if I'm remembering the name right) Vita-B Crumbles once for my OTTB. It did seem to take the edge off but gave him the scours BAD so I quit using it. A bucket of it is pretty cheap, or was back then anyway
     
    03-08-2010, 12:04 PM
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Showing
I posted this link while back. Very interesting that all nervous horses I knew indeed were within those categories: Herbs for the Nervous Horse - Horse health problems and articles - Horsetalk.co.nz - equestrian news and horse health information

I'd suggest to try this thing: Calmer Wendals Herbs (Equine - Horse Supplements - Calming Agents)
     
    03-08-2010, 12:29 PM
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Weanling
I've used Mare Magic with a lot of success, at the moment I am trying Vitamin B1 (it's cheaper) and can let you know how that goes later.
     
    03-08-2010, 12:58 PM
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B-1 works well ... are you looking for something on a daily basis or just once in a while?
     
    03-08-2010, 04:16 PM
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Weanling
I have used Chamomile and Lavender with success.
     
    03-08-2010, 05:19 PM
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I personally have never had much success with calming supplements. They have actually made the horse's I've used them on even more uptight. But that being said, there's something called RelaxForm EQ that was highly recommended by a friend who is very into nutrition, and has done a lot of research into horse feeds, and supplements. It's $22 for a 13 ounce container at a local tack store in town. I've also heard lots of good things about Wendells herbs as well. I would also recommend maybe doing a hair sample. There are a couple companies that will do a hair analysis for you, and tell you what vitamins your horse needs to have adjusted, and what they do for his attitude, health ect. One company, don't remember the name unfortunately actually sells supplements as well, and they'll do the analysis, its $130 so pretty expensive, and then you can order the supplements, either premixed, or mix them yourself, that you horse needs. I know someone who's horse was actually pretty uptight and easily distracted so he did the hair analysis, and adjusted his horse's feed, and he's (the horse) is doing much better.
     
    03-08-2010, 06:19 PM
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Thank you guys SO much for all the information!



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Originally Posted by kchfuller    
B-1 works well ... are you looking for something on a daily basis or just once in a while?
I'm looking for something to use on a daily basis.
     
    03-08-2010, 07:12 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
Thank you guys SO much for all the information!





I'm looking for something to use on a daily basis.

SmartPak has Vitamin B1 in daily doses, super easy and cheap!
     
    03-08-2010, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
I'm looking for something to use on a daily basis.
B1 .. Void gave you a good suggestion or you can probably get it at your local feed/tack store. Talk to the people at the feed/tack store they normally are very helpful
     

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