Calming Supplements that Work
Does anyone know of a calming supplement that actually works? Preferably, one that is available at Tractor Supply Company or Farm and Fleet.
This would be for an 11 year old mare if that helps. She's a paint. She has occasional flare-ups, but is usually well behaved. She was a broodmare for most of her life with minimal human contact, so we've been working with her (and with a trainer for her). The thing is, when she does act up, it is really bad. She's kicked my mom twice already (accidentally) and me multiple times (not accidentally), along with spooking and half-trampling me- I'm lucky I didn't get a concussion.
The thing is, the farrier will be coming in a few weeks, and the last time he was here she went psycho. We have a run-in shelter for her and my other mare, but we don't have cross ties- she'd rip them out of the wall with ease. So, someone holds her on a lead line in the middle of the paddock while her feet are being trimmed. Our farrier is excellent, but he is in the most danger while trimming her feet, since last time he was here, she just decided that she was done and took off, ripping the lead line from my mom's hand and bolting around the paddock. I had to turn the electric fence back on.
I know that a lot of this is just her misbehaving, and she needs more training, but yesterday when I tried to bring her up from the field, she galloped four laps for no reason. I just want a calmer mare, so anything that you've used that works would be great.
Wow this post was longer than it should've been...Sorry!