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post #1 of 13 Old 10-16-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Calming Supplements?

Im considering using a calming supplement on my mare. She's five and was used as a barrel horse for a while and gets very hyper when i take her anywhere that isnt my arena at home. She's generally a very nice riding horse but I cant use her elsewhere because she will start bucking and trying to kick other horses. Would a calming supplement even do her any good?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-16-2012, 09:32 PM
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she is still young at 5 and learning :) New places sometimes get my horses going and giving them alittle more giddy up then im used to them having :) it all comes in time. But when i worked at a race track as a pony horse they give me a drug called "chill" for my pony. its all natural and is calming . My 4 year old pony was dead quiet the whole time :) works well !

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-16-2012, 09:44 PM
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I personally use a non-drug supplement, from Smartpak, Smart Calm. It's just Magnesium and B1, both help with muscle relaxation. My mare has calmed significantly in just one month on it. She used to be so spooky, I counted 16 full spooks (where she gallops around rampant for several minutes) in 1 hour, just sitting unbothered in her field. Now that she's on this she can be out in very windy days and only spooks every once in a while or for only short little surprises. She's also much more focused when we work.
Magnesium and B1 seem to be the most common calming supplements, finding a good mix of those could be ideal, those are just dietary supplements, not drugs.
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Those both sound great! Ill have to try both and see which she responds the best with!

I know she's only five and i DO plan on letting her mature as she is still a baby in my mind. But its too dangerous for me and others for me to take her places to get her exposed if she's going to be acting like she is. I just hope to give her a little help so i CAN get her to where she stays calm in the future without them.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-17-2012, 01:57 AM
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I'm with Punks on this one...
I used Smart Calm Ultra pellets for nearly six months while i had my horse in full training. I also changed his feed and got him on a very very strict schedule. My formula worked miracles for my ridiculously spooky, hot head of a horse!
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I would try to change her feed however she's on pasture with NO grain and she's actually seemed to get a bit worse!

I did look up the smartcalm though! Were going to the vet for a coggins and shots today and to see if she's pregnant. If not she'll be started on it as soon as i can order it!

(She WAS bred but ultrasound said no baby but three breeders have asked me if she's pregnant lately so she's being checked)
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-17-2012, 09:18 PM
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my gelding lost 200 pounds in two weeks from being so anxious, i started him on smartcalm and the difference is amazing! i love it because he is the same horse, just way less anxious. something else that helps him is bathing him in epsom salts. dissolve them in hot water, sponge them all over your horse, and dont rinse it off because you want the epsom salts to get into their muscles. epsom salts are magnesium, which is in most calming supplements.

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My mom rides a very hot TB mare. I thought I'd get her some Smart Calm Ultra to try for their vacation to South Dakota. We started giving it to her the week before they left. 3 days before they left the farrier came out. I went to get the mare and was surprised that she calmly walked from the pasture alone. She is usually very worked up when walked away from the others. I thought "Hey, maybe it's working".

On to their vacation. My mom said that the first two trail rides were amazing! Her horse usually starts out prancing and all worked up. Not this time. She walked out like an old pro. By the 4th day they cut her back to half a dose because she was being lazy on the trail! This horse has never been lazy a day in her life.

So in my opinion. They work. I never would have believed it but the difference in this horse was night and day.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-18-2012, 04:20 PM
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I have a mare on Quiessence - a magnesium and Chromium supplement as she had become ridiculously high strung and spooky - she 's a horse we'd owned since a 3 year old so it was a change in character for her as she was always very solid and reliable
I am seeing an improvement in her - she is still the same forward going ride - loads of enthusiasm and a bit bossy natured but the disturbing 'nobody home' freaking out at the slightest thing is going away which is a relief as she was really a danger to us and herself
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I had a young rescue that was very very nervous all the time, I was told by a natural horseman ship trainer that Ginger would help him calm down. I thought it was silly but I tried it anyways, bought some ground Ginger from the grocery store and added some to his grain -it actually helped him a lot!!
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