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    04-29-2009, 09:57 PM
I'm only going to use it for long trail rides.I don't show.I just want to take the edge off a little.I will probably only use it a couple times a year,if that.

Onetoomany: I don't have a calm horse, why in the world would you use it for one.I have a Arabian,very hot and spooky.I have been working with him on his spookyness,but can't do much for him being hot.
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    04-29-2009, 10:58 PM
I apologize but I didn't word that well. I don't think it should be used for the express intent of making a horse calm so you can have a calm ride. I have an Arab mare that has a very questionable past. She is highly reactive and hot and I have never given her a sedative as nothing will take the place of time and patience. She is much better than when I first bought her but she will always be a hot horse. When you buy a hot horse there are consequences if you are not prepared to deal with them you should not buy a hot horse. To me it sounds like you need to spend a lot of time getting some wet saddle blankets through good hard work.
    04-30-2009, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Upnover, just curious why valerian is illegal in competitions?

EternalSun answered your question! MY question is, why did they legalize Tryptophan then?! I've actually called USEF and asked different show stewards and no one can give me an answer!
    04-30-2009, 08:53 AM
Why does someone always have to bash me about my posts, I was just asking a question?? I know I have a hot horse and I have had ALOT of wet saddle blankets Thank You.Makes me not want to post here again.
    04-30-2009, 08:56 AM
What about daily supplement? If you say give calm&cool pellets on daily basis. You are not suppose to give them on day of show?
    04-30-2009, 10:16 AM
I have never used a calming paste or any kind of pellets, I don't go to shows, I just ride for pleasure.
    04-30-2009, 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by nldiaz66    
why does someone always have to bash me about my posts, I was just asking a question?? I know I have a hot horse and I have had ALOT of wet saddle blankets Thank You.Makes me not want to post here again.
Sorry... I didn't try to bash or screw your post. Just was an interesting answer brought up, so I asked couple questions.
My question about the pellets was just from curiosity, not related to your question.
    04-30-2009, 12:41 PM
"Consider the difference between valerian and chamomile. Both have calming effects. The difference is that valerian can actual alter a horse's state beyond what is normal while chamomile could only restore a horse to its normal state of calmness. Valerian can cause a horse that is normally not very calm to become calm or even sedated. On the other hand, giving a chamomile to a horse that is normally tense or high-strung would not have much of a sedating effect. Chamomile is effective in restoring a normally calm horse to its regular state under stressful conditions such as a show"

Upnover - I'm guessing that chamomile works the same as Tryptophan. It doesn't alter your horse's natural disposition like Valerian, it just soothes them a bit and helps the refocus.
    04-30-2009, 12:46 PM
Kitten_Val: that comment wasnt for you, I know you were just asking a question and I answered it.I have never used any of the pellets, I was just wondering about the paste I seen it in the feed store and picked it up, haven't used it yet, I might not never use it. I was just wondering if anyone had ever used it and what the results were.With a hot horse and my courage not up very high I figured I may need it one day.I'm farely new to the horse world,I have only owned them for about 9 months and my arabian for 6 months.
    04-30-2009, 02:05 PM
Huh.... I never knew anything like this existed. Don't think I would use it for riding, but maybe farrier visits or for a horse that doesn't do well in a trailer.

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