Re: Whats the best calming supplement ?
I am in the process of trying to find a suitable calmer for my mare, as she is good as gold at the yard but whenever I take her somewhere else, even if it's just down the road to my instructor's or on a group hack, she gets really spooky and naughty. In my experience the magnesium calmers (i've tried loads such as magic, carl hester, NAF) and bach-type flower remedies are a complete rip off & waste of money. Having said that some people swear by them.
I have also heard lots of people say that oxyshot syringe is good but I have never tried it because it's about £12 for a single syringe, and personally I cannot see how it can work, its just salty water!!
However, I think the st john's wort or valerian based calmers are a lot more effective although be aware valerian is banned under competition rules. I am going to try gold label equival plus which is st johns wort&valerian. Gold label also do one called equikalm which is valerian and b vitamins- these have a mood stabilising effect (i have taken b vitamin complex myself as it is good for PMT lol ;-)
You'll find one thats right for you in the end, it's just trial and error but it does work out expensive! If you decide to go down the magnesium route I actually read in horse answers on thiswebsite (this was written by a vet so i assume it's reliable!) that epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) can be used instead of these expensive supplements such as magic. You can buy it in big tubs from chemist shops and it only costs about £4, the thing is though unless your horse is deficient in magnesium (which mine obviously wasn't when i tried it) then it's not goin to work