calming supplements...

eventerbabe

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we used to feed a herbal calming supplement and it did take a few weeks to have an effect. We were advised to give it a month to work! I have tried a faster acting calmer for travelling (NAF magic calmer) but that actually made the horse MORE hyper! I'd give it a few weeks and then assess if it's working :)
 

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Global Herbs do Instant Calming sachets they do what they say! Have used them to great effect on more than one occasion. Anything else usually takes a couple of weeks - I have tried various long term ones - mainly for Joe in the past. I think it was a Naff one I used and also Settleeze - not sure how effective they are but then again he could have been worse without!
 

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It's day 5 of Minnie being on her supplement and I got a text from my RI saying she was so much more focused today (could also be that she is finally settling in) but so far so good...
 
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In my experience they go in one end and out the other and nothing happens in between.
 

carthorse

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In my experience they go in one end and out the other and nothing happens in between.
I tend to agree, I think they have a bigger effect on the rider/handler than the horse. That said, a calmer rider often means a calmer horse so the effect is real (though a dose of dutch courage may be more appropriate & enjoyable :giggle:).

Magnesium has, I believe, been proven to have an effect if the diet is deficient in it - this is often a problem with spring grass.

Some herbs have a mild sedative effect which would also make the horse calmer, valerian is one. Not sure I'd want to use something like that long term though.
 
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Clearly I've missed something since I don't see how my reply could be advertising!