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  • Is quitex bad for horses with ulcers
  • Can you give smartmare and quietex

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    10-24-2011, 03:20 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
This is the same mentality that has all our kids sitting in school drugged because they , Oh god forbid, act like kids. Try some ground work and exercise.
Oh my god, I never thought of that!! Thanks! Should I feed my horse too???
That would be a really good idea.
I do a ton of groundwork and ride my horse on a nearly daily basis. But thanks for making assumptions. My horse is a rescue and an abuse case who had severe anxiety and fear issues. The calming supplement takes the edge off of his fear. What a crutch.

FYI, Valerian (which is what the active ingredient in Quietex is) is not even remotely comparable to any kind of prescription drug.
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    10-24-2011, 03:21 PM
  #12
Trained
Joe would you care to ride my entirely anxious mare? She's on smartcalm because she's so uptight thqt she developed ulcers last year. I also hae ADHD and am currently working on a paper regarding the overdiagnosis and overmedicating of children. I don't believe that the purpose of thia thread has anything to do with that same mindset.

Bacj on topic, like I said, I use SmartCalm and it works for me. But every horse is different so you may have to experiment. A month's worth of SmartCalm is about $20 and it takes two weeks of daiky dosing to take effect, which isn't all that long.
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    10-24-2011, 03:38 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I think Abby would calm down if you would let her migrate south for the winter.
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    10-24-2011, 03:39 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
Bacj on topic, like I said, I use SmartCalm and it works for me. But every horse is different so you may have to experiment. A month's worth of SmartCalm is about $20 and it takes two weeks of daiky dosing to take effect, which isn't all that long.
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Thanks, Poseidon. I spoke w/ the smartpak people, and my vet about it after posting. And I think I'm tossing up starting with vitamins, like smartcalm, or going herbal, with quietex.
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    10-24-2011, 03:44 PM
  #15
Weanling
I just ordered my first pack of smartmare balance from smartpak. I can't wait to get it and give it a try. I have a mare that I am in absolute love with but she is quite witchy no matter if she is in heat or not. I rode her every other day and when I didn't ride her, I lunged her but she still had an attitude problem. I am hoping this works for her and calms her down. Good luck.
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    10-24-2011, 03:50 PM
  #16
Trained
MyQHpaul, you shoukd shoot me a PM when you get it and how it works out. I read about SmartMare when I got some stuff in the mail and thought about trying it. Abby doesn't have her panties in a knot when she's on SmartCalm, but she's also very marish and tends to forget that I call the shots sometimes.
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    10-24-2011, 03:55 PM
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Weanling
I know, Raven is the same way. I had a professional ride her and it seems like the more experience the rider has, the more she fights them. I'm just getting back into riding after a 15 year break (have been riding regularly now for 3 years but am in no way a pro) and we work well together but she does a lot of head tossing and fighting when I ask her to go another direction in the arena. I was going to have to sell her because she was so ornery but thought I would try this as a last resort. We're all keeping our fingers crossed that it does the job.
     
    10-24-2011, 03:57 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I have also heard very good things about Mare Magic! It is reasonable as well.
     
    10-24-2011, 04:06 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by myQHpaul    
I know, Raven is the same way. I had a professional ride her and it seems like the more experience the rider has, the more she fights them. I'm just getting back into riding after a 15 year break (have been riding regularly now for 3 years but am in no way a pro) and we work well together but she does a lot of head tossing and fighting when I ask her to go another direction in the arena. I was going to have to sell her because she was so ornery but thought I would try this as a last resort. We're all keeping our fingers crossed that it does the job.
Abby calms down and does eveythig asked of her with the lightest of cues...but it takes 20 or so minutes of fighting her from going where she wants and whatever speed she feels like (which is usually pretty darn fast). I definitely curse and call her some colorful terms. :-D
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    10-24-2011, 04:11 PM
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Weanling
I was told to stay away from mares but when I saw her, something in my heart gave way and I fell for her hook, line, and sinker and I bought her. She has learned some bad habits after being a pasture pet for 2 years so needs to relearn everything from head position to moving from behind. She has so much potential that I think if she calmed down and remembered to trust me, we would make one amazing team. I don't want to give up on her. I will keep you posted on her progress when the suppliments gets here. I should have it to start on Saturday and am hoping to see even some small results 2 weeks later.
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