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post #1 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Calming Supplements?!?

So I have a 5 year old Arab gelding who is pretty hot and nervous. He was used as a halter stallion for 3 years before I bought him with literally no training or concept of respect. For the past year I have done endless groundwork with him and he has become extremely respectful and obedient, however under saddle he is still extremely up-tight, nervous, and anxious. On occation he will spook, bolt, become hollow and takeoff, etc.

I am COMPLETELY aware that he needs more training, confidence building exercises, and time, however I am wondering if I should consider a calming supplement to take the "edge" off or no? I don't like supplementing unless I absolutely have to and I don't like the fact of having to "drug" my horses for anything. I beleive in taking the time to work with them on what their problems are, however maybe a calming supplement will keep me safer and make it easier for him to relax and focus.

For some additional information (because I know many of you are going to ask...lol) He is not getting too much feed, I have him on a very restricted diet as he is sensitive to sugars and carbs, he has a custom fitted saddle and is ridden in a snaffle bit (very sensitive mouth), and he gets 24/7 turnout. I also work him 3-4 times a week for about an hour or more. I beleive its just a matter of "hot" bloodlines and lack of training & experience. However, excuses aside, I can't help but thing about what will keep me safer during this crucial training time. Any suggestions or opinions would be greatly appreciated =)

Also, if anyone can tell me their preference of supplement brand and ingredients(Herbal? L-Tryptophan? Etc?) and why that would be fantastic. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 12:27 PM
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Try ear Pomms. Seriously.

I have an Arabian gelding like that, and he's done a complete 180 when he wears ear Pomms. It's generally sound that they're reacting to, not things in their line of sight.

The calming supplements are pretty worthless, IMHO.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 12:35 PM
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I think you might just have to accept that its the way he is - horses are like people, they are what they are sometimes and as you seem to have done all the right things so far and feeding and turnout controlled the only thing you can do is to keep forging that bond with him. I had an arab for a few years and he would stand in the barn and 'see' things that weren't there, used to freak me out on a dark night.
I did find that he got better when ridden out with his very reliable calm field buddy and I competed at lots of big shows on him when he never put a foot wrong which made me wonder if boredom was at the root of his trouble - he was certainly better if he was constantly challenged to keep his mind busy
I have tried a magnesium/chromium supplement - Quiessence - on a mare we currently have that gets high strung but honestly I can't say that it had any real difference in her, again she seems to settle down with increased work variety and rarely spooks on the trails which she enjoys but tries it on in the menage which sort of says something to me
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Look at Smartpak.com. They have a huge variety of calming supplements. My mare is very nervous, flighty, high strung. I used the Smart Calm Ultra Pellets and it worked wonders on her. I have since changed her to the Smart Calm Pellets (less magnesium). Between the supplement and exercise 3-4 days a week, she's much calmer and more focused.

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Cheapest - dried raspberry leaves AKA Mare Magic. And it's not just for mares. And it's herbal with virtually no side effects.

It either works or doesn't but it's super cheap so worth a shot.

I always wondered how those ear pomms work though. I'm not sure I could get anything in my mare's ears...hmmm. Maybe try them both and see which one works best.
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I prefer the Smirnoff green apple vodka in the little plastic bottles, Calms me right down
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Hehe^^^^ but which flavor does your horse prefer?
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OHHHHHH you meant for the horse ,,, yeh I don't use them. Ride him like I stole him, hang on and hope for the best.
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Cheapest - dried raspberry leaves AKA Mare Magic. And it's not just for mares. And it's herbal with virtually no side effects.

It either works or doesn't but it's super cheap so worth a shot.

I always wondered how those ear pomms work though. I'm not sure I could get anything in my mare's ears...hmmm. Maybe try them both and see which one works best.
Might be worth a try, I know our nervy mare is the only one that gets stressed out in thunderstorms and can get wound up in the barn even when its just really windy or heavy rain though not so much as she used too now they are all under one roof rather than individual stables as she gets comfort from the other 3
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-16-2012, 02:24 PM
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There is a product called Horse Sense made by Frank Lampley's Products. I feed their Vitamix and Formula 7. Works great but never tried the Horse Sense.
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