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post #21 of 44 Old 10-24-2011, 05:16 PM
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My arab would become agitated when his saddle didn't fit. Drove me nuts finding the right fit. As soon as I mounted he dropped his head and walked off relaxed. All a lot of lunging does in increase the horse's stamina unless you run him to exhaustion. Then he shouldn't be ridden.
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post #22 of 44 Old 10-24-2011, 05:18 PM
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My arab would become agitated when his saddle didn't fit. Drove me nuts finding the right fit. As soon as I mounted he dropped his head and walked off relaxed. All a lot of lunging does in increase the horse's stamina unless you run him to exhaustion. Then he shouldn't be ridden.
My arab is exactly like that.
He even gets upset when his back/weight changes for winter, so I have to use a skito pad and readjust the shims. :)

Due to his rough past, he is very opinionated about gear. ;)

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I've tried Mare Magic and Calm & Cool. Neither made a difference. I have put my mare on daily psyllium since she seems inclined to colic, and that may help a little. What has helped a lot more is A) ground work (not exercise, but ground work to teach her how to calm down) and B) working on my riding. She also is better behaved without a bit, although my gelding likes his bit OK.
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...All a lot of [incorrect] lunging does in increase the horse's stamina unless you run him to exhaustion...
Fixed it to match my experience. Lunging is NOT about exercising the horse. It works well to teach a horse how to calm down and focus. IMHO.

It sure has done more for my mare than any calming agents have done!
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My trainer has me lunge my horse before I ride, but only walk/jog, calmly. To 'set the tone' for our ride. So far, so good. :)

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I had best luck with Confidence Plus VF - Horse Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine . I'm not fan of valerian because it's bad for the stomach in long run.

BTW, Magic Mare and Calm & Cool didn't help a bit.... But Magic Mare smells awesome! :)

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Fixed it to match my experience. Lunging is NOT about exercising the horse. It works well to teach a horse how to calm down and focus. IMHO.

It sure has done more for my mare than any calming agents have done!
I agree. It helps get the jitters out and the immediate need to -go-go-go. IMO. But regardless of round pen or lunging, he still is just a twitchy guy. I spent alot of time with ground work when we first got him, building trust, building a relationship.

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The last couple times I've lunged Abby, she's been pretty good and our ride following went really well. I am fully aware that my personal saddle does not fit, which is why I have been borrowing one and plan on buying a new one very soon. However, Abby acts vey differently when her saddle is hurting and she is annoyed/frustrated an when she's just high strung. She used to be unbelievabky herdbound before i put her on a calming supplement too to the point where I didn't feel safe riding her. And even on it this spring, she tore down a small fence after all ofthe inside horses wer brought in. Thankfully she has calmed down enough now that she has yet to do it again as she is once again the only outsde horse.
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I picked Valerian because on Herbal Index - Naturally Equine - herbs for horses and horse healing products (and a few other sites) I read it can soothe the stomach.
VALERIAN
Actions: nervine, sedative, antispasmodic, laxative, carminative

Valerian has a particualrly pungent which our cats love. Use to relax and calm horses without affecting perfomance. Excellent to help relieve nervousness, stress and anxiety. Use for stomach cramping, flatulence, colic and bronchial spasms. Externally the oil is used as a rub for muscle tension and cramps.

Can you show me where it is proven detrimental, please?
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Can you show me where it is proven detrimental, please?
Thanks! :)
It truly depends on what you mean by "proven" (statistics or medical research). I'll look up my old emails if I saved it (it's been 2 or 3 years since I've read the article). Will post the link if I find it.

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