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nldiaz66 04-28-2009 11:34 PM

Calming Paste
I was wondering if anyone ever used calming paste? I have a arabian that can be a little hot at times, I was wondering if I can use it to calm him down a little so we can go for a nice slow ride every once in a while.

EternalSun 04-29-2009 12:35 AM

As in Quietex? I've used it in the past at shows or gymkhanas where my horse was a little too hot for my liking. It works very well, it takes the edge off without compromising their energy levels. You could also try something with Valerian root in it. It's an all natural plant product that relieves anxiety in both animals and people. I've had good luck with this stuff as well. Relax Blend™ - Equine Health Supplement

nldiaz66 04-29-2009 07:49 AM

yes it is called Quietex, how long does it last, I believe the box says 8 hrs. thanks

cowgirl4jesus94 04-29-2009 10:22 AM

you can also use a magnesium supplement.

upnover 04-29-2009 10:31 AM

There are several pastes on the market with varying effectiveness. Quietex is pretty effective at taking the edge off a spooky/hot horse. It contains Valerian though which is illegal in most competitions. USEF just approved tryptophan which is the main ingrediant in B-Kalm. Although some horse's aren't very effected by it. Calm and Cool has both Valerian root and Tryptophan but takes 2-4 hours (my personal experience was closer to 4) to kick in. I'd buy a few tubes and just see what works the best with your horse. Most of these pastes I've found last about 4 hours or so.

kitten_Val 04-29-2009 05:12 PM

Upnover, just curious why valerian is illegal in competitions?

DaysofThunder 04-29-2009 05:34 PM

Thiamine Injection works really well and is not illegal for competiton

EternalSun 04-29-2009 05:48 PM

"The United States Equestrian Federation's drugs and medication rules are clear: Anything that's given to a horse, in any way, with the intent to alter the horse's performance, be it through pain control or temperament adjustment, is not permitted. That means anything you give your horse--homeopathic, herbal, or otherwise--that's meant to calm him or make him more comfortable is illegal unless expressly permitted by the USEF."

Here's a good article I found on the subject:

Quietex works fine if you just want to trail ride or do low level showing.

twogeldings 04-29-2009 06:43 PM

Hmm, I might have to try this with my Foxtrotter geldings. Has anyone used this during training at all?

My nine year old gets hyper under saddle and my three year old is just spooky all over. I'm working on it but it's slow going.

onetoomany 04-29-2009 07:25 PM

Sorry not to sound like a grouchy gus but I have to jump in here. I wouldn't recommend giving a calming paste for the purpose of riding a calm horse. That comes with time, patience and good solid training. I get the need to want to have a calm ride but you have a hot horse and drugs are not the solution. My horse was a hot mess when I first bought her and nothing but time and patience has helped. Again, sorry for raining on the parade here.

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