With firework night upon us, and more to come at the end of the year, you may be considering a calmer for your horse to help him settle whilst celebrations are rife. But with so many on the market, which do you choose?
Behaviour is a complex topic and can be influenced by many factors including genetics, experience, management and nutrition, but when you’ve tried everything, a calmer may be the only way forward. Most calming supplements provide vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs that are designed to reduce anxiety, but remember that different things work for different horses so you must give your new calmer time to work.
One of the key ingredients used in
many calmers on the market is magnesium as one of the most common signs of
magnesium deficiency is nervousness. It is
a vital mineral that is involved with hundreds of enzyme reactions, and works in nerve transmission to promote muscle relaxation. Magnesium can come in various forms and in different strengths, so it may be trial
and error to discover which suits your horse best. Whether you need an instant
syringe or a more long-term solution, we have a wide range available to help
make a difference.
A handmade and completely natural product, Calming Cookies will help to take the edge off without affecting their ability to perform. They are so simple to use - just feed one cookie, wait 30 minutes and then proceed as normal, with effects lasting around 3-4 hours. The resealable pack also makes them ideal for keeping in the lorry for when a last minute calmer is needed. What's more, they don't contain any fillers, binders or FEI prohibited substances either!
Magic is a magnesium calmer with a difference. It contains nutrients with an additional blend of herbs chosen for their traditional use in supporting confidence and concentration, allowing your horse to give a focused performance. The magnesium in Magic is also safe to use under FEI rules so is fine to compete on, and with a range of ways to feed it, you are sure to find one that suits your horse!
Supercalm contains a blend of herbs
in both a powder and syringe for horses that are affected by stress and
anxiety. It is a natural antioxidant that helps support digestion and the
immune system to calm worry and nervousness when competing or during other
stressful situations. It is fast acting, with results often being seen within 2
to 3 days, or for a more immediate response, the Supercalm syringe works within
just an hour!
RelaxMe is a unique double action
formula which works on both the gut and the nervous system. It combines
magnesium with vitamins B and E and a unique blend of liquorice and silica for
optimum gut health and absorption. The secret for best results with Relax Me is
in the loading – feed at the recommended rate before dropping to a maintenance
level to ensure your horse gets the most from his supplement!
Topspec calmer contains only
natural ingredients and was developed with a ‘more than one ingredient’
approach as horses can be anxious for a variety of reasons. It contains yeast,
MOS, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and sepiolite clay, which all act in
different ways to help relax responsive horses without affecting their
presence. Effects can usually be seen within a few hours but best results will
be seen within a few weeks, and with the caramel flavouring, you will have no
trouble getting your horse to eat it!
So-Kalm contains a premium grade
magnesium with L-Tryptophan, an essential amino acid associated with the
production of serotonin to calm and focus the horse. Available in various
forms, there is sure to be one to suit your horse! The powder is ideal to add
into the daily feed to improve concentration, and is great for fussy
feeders. It also comes as a paste in a more concentrated solution for a rapid
effect or for those that don’t require it daily.
We have lots more calmers available, but remember there are other ways to help de-stress your horse too. Take a look at our range of treats, toys and licks to help occupy your horse whilst in his stable, and remember to ensure he has plenty of hay or haylage to keep his gut healthy and prevent unwanted behaviour.
Posted: Thu 5th November 20