What is the best calming aid for horses?
If the horse needs a mild calming effect, I’ll typically recommend a magnesium or herbal product with tryptophan, such as Quietex or Quiessence. There are lots of combinations of other ingredients including valerian root or Thiamine/Vitamin B1. An alternative is Mare’s Magic- made of raspberry leaf extract.
Do calming supplements really work for horses?
Different calming supplements can work very well on some horses, but not on others. If you will be participating in a show or competition, make sure to check the association rules and regulations to see if there are any restrictions against the ingredients used in the calming supplements.
Does Valerian calm horses?
Even in relatively low-stress situations, the Valerian type of horse has a hard time truly relaxing his muscles – in its application to the nervous horse, Valerian relaxes and rebalances the nervous system so he’s able to relax muscular tension.
What to feed a horse to calm it down?
Fibrous feeds that are fermented in the hindgut to release energy are the most natural and also the ‘coolest’ sources of energy for horses. Using forages like pasture, hay, and chaff to provide the majority of the energy in your horse’s diet will help to keep your horse calm and responsive.
How do you calm a new horse?
Do not ride your horse when he arrives; give him a couple days to adjust to his new surroundings. Turn him out and also hand walk him around the new facility, let him see his new surroundings with out worrying about anything else. Before you ride round pen your horse, lunge or turn your horse out and run him around.
How can I get my horse to relax when riding?
Relaxing the Tense Horse Under Saddle
- Ask the horse to yield to the leg on one side, then the other.
- Ask the horse to enlarge on a circle, relaxing the neck and jaw on that side.
- Ride with normal contact for a few strides, release slightly for the same number of strides, return to normal contact.
Why is Valerian banned?
It was banned in the US before the Jockey Club and FEI started testing for its active component, valerenic acid. Valerian is prohibited in competitions because the FEI takes the view that it has a pharmacological effect and could have a positive modifying influence on performance.
Does magnesium calm horses down?
Magnesium helps nerve cells transmit signals to each other and to muscles by regulating ion balance across cell membranes. It is known to have a calming effect on horses, helping to ease muscle tremors and nervousness.
How much valerian should I give my horse?
As with all calmers, it is important to also consider all factors affecting a horses behaviour, such as hard feed, turnout, pain, fit of tack etc. Valerian root has a distinctive aroma, but as you need to only feed 15g a day, it is not too much to add to the feed.