Competition Safe Remedies for you and your Horse
by Fiona Lane March 02, 2022
You don’t have to ride for long to have a story about a skittish, spooky or unsettled horse. The sad thing is these stories often involve injury – sometimes to the horse but more often to the people around them. The key to keeping both horses and their humans safe is identifying the triggers. But what do you do if those triggers are unavoidable? That’s why we’ve created a range of natural calming remedies for even the most anxious of horses.
How to treat an anxious horse depends on a few factors – whether the response is emotional or physical, whether the behaviour change is instant or accumulates over time, and how severe the response is.
The answer to those questions – and more – determines which active ingredients will deliver the quickest and most effective result. For example – the homeopathic ingredients that prevent a build-up of stress over time are very different to those that deliver almost instant relief.
That’s why we have quite a few remedies in our Calm range for Horses - because each is formulated to support a horse through the very specific response it has to a particular situation.
Chilled Out Horse is a background calmative for horses that have low-level anxiety in everyday situations, low mood or obsessive-compulsive behaviours. It can be added to the water trough to make dosing one horse, or a whole herd, super easy. Chilled Out Horse calms without sedating, so it’s safe to use long term. It’s one of our bestselling remedies!
If a horse is fine at home but has low-level anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings, then Show Calm could be for you. It’s like Chilled Out Horse but stronger to provide the additional support needed when your horse is away from home, or for horses that get overwhelmed by loudspeakers, flapping flags and the hustle and bustle of Show Day. Like all our remedies Show Calm is Competition and Racing safe.
Horses aren’t the only ones that get nervous on show day – so we’ve got a range of natural remedies to settle riders’ nerves too!
Our calm range also includes remedies formulated for horses who experience stress, anxiety or severe panic in very specific situations.
Spook Buster is professionally formulated to support horses easily spooked by unfamiliar objects, movement or people. It acts quickly to relieve symptoms such as trembling, hypervigilance, diarrhoea or other adrenalin-fuelled behaviours. Spook Buster can only be given when symptoms are present, so you’ll need to be there to administer a dose.
When being there isn’t possible, Fireworks Angel is a good solution. It can be added to the water trough to give the horse a fresh dose every time it drinks – taking care of your horse when you can’t be there. It works quickly to support horses experiencing severe panic and stress, particularly in response to loud bangs and flashes of light – such as during fireworks displays and thunderstorms.
If the float is what causes stress and anxiety then dosing with our Easy Traveller – Equine a few days before you need to travel can support a horse through the emotional response it has to loading, unloading or while on the road.
Some horses have an emotional response to being left alone or left behind and will get anxious as soon as they see other horses being tacked up for a ride. For those situations, we recommend our Separation Anxiety – Equine. However, if separation is likely to continue longer term because of confinement due to injury, we’d switch to Rehab Calm. It supports a horse through both the mental and emotional stress of being cooped up and inactive during periods of rehabilitation.
Our range of natural calming remedies for horses also caters for some of the less common issues for stress and anxiety.
High potassium levels in lush, fast growing grass can cause a magnesium imbalance that results in some horses exhibiting spooky, nervous or aggressive behaviour. Our Grass Affected – Equine remedy offers support for horses while they are under veterinary supervision, dietary management and supplementation for this condition.
Breeding season can also cause changes in behaviour. Our Mares Plus remedy provides ongoing support for horses that experience hormonally driven mood changes. Mothering Plus is professionally formulated to assist mares who are struggling to show maternal instinct or connection with a new born foal, while Oversexed Horse is professionally formulated to support horses suffering from an exaggerated sex drive.
We’re proud of our range of remedies. They're the result of decades of research to deliver active ingredients through oral dosing that makes using our remedies both easy and safe (read more about that here). Our remedies bring calm to any situation – and not just for horses! We also make calming remedies for people and pets too!
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