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Yay or Neigh on DIY Calming Supplements

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    Yay or Neigh on DIY Calming Supplements

    I like the idea of giving my gelding a little something natural to take the edge off and was wondering if anyone's tried their own home mixture. I have him on grain plus his rice bran and Hylasport CTS, and the cost of adding another calming supplement is prohibitive. I was thinking of adding some B vitamins and tryptophan into his grain which could be a great or a horrible idea. Had tried those Her Majesty's Kalm Wafers (he ate the old kind, but they just changed the formula or something) but he doesn't like them and spits them back out. He's 6, is an OTTB who is recovering from a bow and is getting ornery with this crappy weather even though he's turned out for 8 hours every day. Am going to try long lining him once he's a little more comfortable, but until then I need to take the edge off. Any success or warning stories out there to share?

    Horsetech has a fairly cheap supplement called MMX with the B vit and tryptophan. It is a lot cheaper than some of the others.


      What kind of "grain"? Hi fat, lo or no NSC would be best. Magnesium is a good calmative for a lot of horses.


        I think maybe changing his grain and doing some groundwork would be best. I know its hard to figure out what to do with an injury. Is the problem that he's getting attitude with people or going nuts in the field and you don't want him to reinjure himself? I personally have seen many calming supplements fail including feisty mare, ease up, B-vitamin Thiamine and magnesium. (One mare was on all four and it didn't do a thing). I think it's better just to train instead (which of course is hard with an injury). Putting him outside for as long as possible will reduce craziness outside. When a horse is in a stall for 16 hours a day he has to get rid of his accumulated energy somehow.


          I agree with demidq,
          I give my horse magnesium during shows and it definitely takes the edge off for him. Sometimes he tries to eat around it though so i'm guessing it doesn't taste all that good.
          "Be the change you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi


            Magnesium oxide is dirt cheap at the feed store.


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              He's a 6 yr old but acts and looks like a 2 yr old. I started back with a little ground work with him on Saturday and I think that's exactly what he needs--we both thoroughly enjoyed testing each other--did more mental agility than physically stressful exercises. About 4 months ago the BO moved his stall to a new one she created in a corner of the indoor with a door to the outside so he could go in and out of his pasture all day as he wished, and is locked up at night. In the past month while he's been healing, he started charging the stall whenever someone rides near him, rearing up in his stall, etc. I think it's a little too much stimulation for him when it should be his 'quiet time', and I think the rest was good for his tendon but not so good for his head.

              I like the idea of the magnesium oxide. I bought some AniMed VitaCalm to give it a shot this weekend before I got any replies, and I see it only has a tiny bit of magnesium in it. I'm going to see if the feed store has it loose. BTW, he's on hi fat, low starch feed-store mix that the BO provides so I think we're ok there. Thanks everybody for the advice!


                While researching magnesium supplements I found this and thought you might find it interesting that a lot of these magnesium supplements are not magnesium chloride which is more easily absorbed. While magnesium oxide is cheap it's probably a waste of money.

                There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                  Magrestore sold by performance equine is also a more easily absorbed version of magnesium than magnesium oxide


                    MgO is reasonably well absorbed by the horse, and cheap enough that you can feed sufficient amounts to ensure reasonable levels.
                    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.