Supplements for a nervous show-er
My horse is normally very mellow, but he really stresses out when I take him somewhere new (like for a show).
I'm thinking of giving SmartPak's SmartShip & Show Paste a try and was wondering if anyone had any other recommendations for supplements that will keep his digestive tract and immune system strong while he's away from home. I know a few horses in my barn get U-Gard, but I'm not sure how effective that would be unless I kept him on it long-term, which seems excessive since I only show him 3-4 times per year.
Also, is there anything you do to help your horse relax in unfamiliar surroundings? Woody tends to keep his tension bottled up until he explodes (at my last show he bucked me off...) and then he wears himself out from worrying and is lazy in the tests. So I'd be willing to try anything to get the jitters out without also getting all his energy out.
I'm also planning on asking around my barn to see if anyone will let me tag along to their shows and bring Woody as a non-competing horse just so he can get more exposure to different environments.