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SunnyK01 06-18-2010 12:36 AM

Calming Supplements
 
Does anyone have much experience using any of the over the counter calming supplements? I have a wonderful mare who, despite years of showing and traveling, does not like being hauled. She gets very upset in the trailer; pawing, sweating, and is exhausted by the time we get to our destination. I'm wondering if any of the calming supplements would help? My main concern would be if they'll make her groggy though. No point in a calm trailer ride if she's too tired to do anything once we arrive at the destination! Any information/personal experiences would be greatly appreciated :)

shesinthebarn 06-18-2010 10:37 AM

Use bach flower rescue remedy. It works well for trailering. If your mare is adverse to sprays, spray it into a syringe and then place it under her tongue. Make sure to administer about 15 mins before she had any idea you are going to trailer. Rescue remedy can be found at most natural food/medicine stores.
It worked for me when i had a homebirth, and helps our bad shippers a lot. It's great stuff.

2horses 06-18-2010 11:12 AM

I really like SmartCalm Ultra from SmartPak.com, but I never use a full dose because it would be too calming. It is magnesium, Vitamin B, and triptophan.

Speed Racer 06-18-2010 11:16 AM

Try any of the paste calming solutions.

Valerian root and tryptophane seem to be the ones that may actually work.

As long as you're not showing her, there's no reason you can't use them for trailering heebie-jeebies.

kchfuller 06-18-2010 12:40 PM

B1 (but you have to use it daily)
Mare Magic
Cool and Calm

Go to your feed store and see what they have. You will have to figure out what doce works for your mare.

Islandrea 06-18-2010 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by kchfuller (Post 664287)
B1 (but you have to use it daily)
Mare Magic
Cool and Calm

Go to your feed store and see what they have. You will have to figure out what doce works for your mare.

What form of B1 do you use? I am having a similar issue with a normally very calm horse. I use Mare Magic daily as she is a retired broodmare and I have seen results with that. I have heard about using B1 before, but where do you get it from and in what form?

kchfuller 06-18-2010 07:47 PM

I get it from the feed store and it is a powder ish. I just add it to their grain... For my gelding I actually give him double the dose and it helps.
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horsegirlmaddy 06-18-2010 07:54 PM

My mare, when I was leasing her, was on some sort of calming solution- but I'm not sure which one it was. I thought it was glucosamine, but I don't think that's a calming hormone. Anyways, whatever it was didn't work on her, even though she got it daily. But maybe that's just her!

equiniphile 06-18-2010 08:19 PM

Mare Magic! Even for da boys ;-) that's more long term though. Try Calm 'n Cool for trailering
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kchfuller 06-18-2010 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by horsegirlmaddy (Post 664666)
My mare, when I was leasing her, was on some sort of calming solution- but I'm not sure which one it was. I thought it was glucosamine, but I don't think that's a calming hormone. Anyways, whatever it was didn't work on her, even though she got it daily. But maybe that's just her!

Glucosamine is for their ligaments/joints :-)


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