Dealing with the Stressed-Out Stallion
Hey guys, I'm new here and I joined in hope to gain some great feedback from fellow horse people about different challenges in the riders life. So here's my first,
I own a Friesian stud, and he's normally a great well-mannered gentlemanly stallion. Considering he's been in training since he was 6 months old and has kept a strict schedule of training, handling, turnout and nutrition. However lately as Dressage conditioning has gotten a lot my serious as we close into the summer show season, he's been dealing with what I suspect is stress. All horses experience stress to some degree and it manifests in different forms, and I believe my boy is dealing from stress due to the mixture of Dressage training, conditioning, and the general Stallion management lifestyle. He tends to become "hotter" (and stronger) when working in the arena lately (especially around other horses so now we work him in the early morning again, when the arena is free.) and is generally being a lot harder to deal with lately. So I was wondering if it was common among other riders who show stallions, that you incorporate a calming agent into their diet? I really havent heard a lot about this topic, but was wondering if it was used within the circuit, and if so what brands tend to work well and what are the general reactions? I'd honestly just like something to take the edge off his stress and get him back to focusing more. I know the most plausible reason would be to cutback on his training schedule, but his management and training has been carefully structured for success in mental stimulation and growth-development as he continues to age. Other variables are that he eats a low starch diet and grass hay, has a vitamin supplement, and a skeletal and muscle supplement. He is not breeding or collecting right now.
Looking for some good feedback. :)