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milk 10-08-2011 09:06 PM

Calming Aids?
Salutations, all,

I will be moving my horse in approximately a year and a half and I'm starting to get things situated (quite) early.
I've had him since he was three and he is now ten. My problem is that he's been basically alone (without other horses) for all seven (will be 9ish) years. :cry: Horses are herding animals and I'm a sucky horse owner for not providing him with a friend for so long, I know.
Well, I plan to move him to a barn with about 50 or so horses that's next to a highway on two sides.
The act of moving a horse is stressful alone, let alone adding these extra stress factors.
I was wondering if anyone had any sucess with calming aids; or are they a waste of money?
Also, any aditional moving help would be appreciated :-).

I really love my big red rhino! (16.3 QH gelding) I couldn't stand to see him unnessisarily suffer emotionally because of me:-(

loosie 10-08-2011 09:27 PM

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Hopefully he was well sociallised at least in the first 3 years of his life and will fit in well with a herd. I would just introduce them carefully, not just throw him out with 50 strange horses. I'd see how he goes in a large paddock with one of the others to begin with.

If you mean sedatives or such as far as 'calming aids', I wouldn't do this. They are only short acting anyway. If he hasn't experienced much, I'd be taking him out & about, getting him used to different environments & traffic & such.

milk 10-09-2011 10:04 AM

I'm pretty sure he was shown in futurity shows before I got him, so he at least used to know that hustle and bustle. He also had at least one other horse with him since birth (his brother who was also for sale when I bought him).

I wanted to use a calming aid more so he doesn't hurt himslef in the first day there. He's a relatively bright boy, and I've trained him to ride in traffic, but I have this sneaky suspision that he might walk wout of the trailor, take a look around, try to bolt into traffic, hurt himself (most likely fall down as i catch him on the lead rope), then associate this new place with pain.
I feel like if he gets through the first day without an accident, he'll be ok. I'm more than capable of introducing him to new horses slowly.

Joe4d 10-09-2011 10:12 AM

I wish I knew which brand of calming paste worked. I used one on a very hyper horse before a christmas parade, that the tack store owner gave me, My horse looked and acted like a total stoner, then with the bands and sirens? I bet he was seriously tripping.
I used some I got from tractor supply on him once and it didnt seem to do anything. Is he used to be loaded and unloaded ? I wouldnt think he would react any differently than any other time you unload.

WildAcreFarms 10-09-2011 01:01 PM

my trainer at the race track uses
My trainer at the race track uses Vitamin B1 and Calcium. he says that liquid is best if you can get it, if not get powdered. this seems to work well from what i can tell cause his horses always seem chill.

WildAcreFarms 10-09-2011 01:06 PM

most important is start slowly with his turn out.
I rehab a lot of TBs and the most important thing is start and move slowly.

on his first turn out id do an hour alone, see how he acts if hes not running around acting crazy then turn him out with one other gelding. for one hr. if that goes fine add more horses and hours till hes up to how much ever turn out he needs. just being in the barn will give him some exposure to other horses so that may be a shock for him. work slowly and only move forward when HE tells YOU HES READY by his clam behavior.

that's how I do it :)
good luck.

milk 10-09-2011 07:04 PM

He is not used to be loaded and unloaded. I don't own a trailor :(

milk 10-09-2011 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by WildAcreFarms (Post 1195732)
My trainer at the race track uses Vitamin B1 and Calcium. he says that liquid is best if you can get it, if not get powdered. this seems to work well from what i can tell cause his horses always seem chill.

Thanks alot. I'll have to look into this to see how much and such. :D

loosie 10-09-2011 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by milk (Post 1195979)
He is not used to be loaded and unloaded. I don't own a trailor :(

Can you hire a trailer a day or 2 early & do some lessons with him? As for the bolting into traffic, can you not drive into the yard & shut the gate before unloading? Even with a well trained horse, things can happen & I wouldn't unload on the side of a road if I could help it. making sure you've got a long leadrope helps keep control in ...exciting times! In the situation you describe tho, there's probably no harm in a bit of sedative too. Why not ask your vet what's appropriate?

milk 10-11-2011 11:50 AM

There's no gate that I can shut behind me. I won't be unloading on the side of the road exactly, there's about 60 yards of grass between the road and the unloading area. And I won't unload him in one of the pastures with the other horses.
He's a relatively well trained horses and I don't think he'll give me too much trouble getting into and out of the trailor, so I wouldn't want to waste my money renting a trailor more than I have to.
Exciting times indeed! I will of course ask my vet, however I was hoping that by posting here first I could get some background on calming aids.

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