Are there any really good calming supplements out there? My TB has been very calm ever since one of the horses he's close with moved, and this past weekend she came back after a month and he's back to his very stubborn, arrogant attitude. He is gelded, but he's just very high strong again, and just he's being ugly.
Oh, yes. I used to use this stuff called Mare-Aleve from Foxden Equine and it really really works. Its all natural ingredients like raspberry leaves, chasteberry, & magnesium. Its now called Stability EQ:
Foxden Equine Nutrition & Therapy - Products
I have two hot mares and it allows them to have enough energy for their performance demands, but it takes away the edge and quiets their minds.
Another product by them is called Quiessence, which I have never used but have heard good things.
I am feeding one of my mares this stuff:
Equilibrium EQ? 60 Bar unit
And she hasnt been on them long enough for me to know if it's helping.
If not, I'll switch back to the Stability EQ.
Oh, one more thing, my boss has a gelding that is sure he's still a stallion. He has been on the Stability EQ for a long time and it very much has helped him.
check these out too, I just came acrossed this:
Stable Vices, Horse Bad Habit
You need to move him away from whatever horse is causing that behavior. That is the simplest and no-cost solution available.
I've been giving Calm&Cool (with vitamin B and valeriana root) to my nervous mare for about year and I personally think it helps (I give just half of recommended dosage, once a day). But she's not stubborn or anything - she's really nervous type of horse (which blow out on wind and all).
There's a lot out there - for specifically mares, geldings, certain behavior, and what not. I'm not an expert by any means, but have worked with Equisupps.com extensively and they are great. Terry (she is the owner) is super knowledgeable and prices are great too - think smart pak, with free shipping and better prices.
You can email her for some suggestions and see what she says. Just go to the site at equisupps.com. She's got experience with all types of stuff because of the rescues she works with and all the various situations we have to deal with so it's a great forum to determine what works for what horse in what situation and why since we see such a HUGE variety of needs.
Hope that helps!
luvs2ride: he does with with all mares. he's the alpha male of the WHOLE herd on both sides of the fields (we have two feilds) and we've had him on both sides. he doesnt mount, or do anything thats stallion-like in that sense, but he's just an ugly horse when he's high strong. And i've never been a fan of supplements, but when he's hot like this, its unbelieveable.
he was so good, he was the perfect horse when the horse Fancy was gone.
i'll try out the websites everyone showed me!
thanks, anymore just lemme know!
What are you feeding him? Feed can play a LARGE roll in horse behavior. Before changing my gelding's diet, he was high strung and tried mounting my mare when she was in season. Now he likes to be with her, and is definitely herd bound, but no longer acts up.
Do you have a way to put him in his own private paddock? That might be the best solution.
we're feeding him the same sweet feed that the rescue we got him at feeds him, and what we feed our other horses. It hasnt ever affected any other horses, and we do not have seperate paddocks at our farm.
If he needs extra calories to keep weight on, replace the sweet feed with a hay pellet, alfalfa or alfalfa mix. Give him half and half for a week, then no sweet feed at all. Then wait two weeks to see if it helps.
My gelding quit his "stud" behavior when we changed his feed. It was quite a dramatic change in attitude!
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