Calmers are the most popular supplement sold for horses. Owners will generally seek out a calmer for their horse because of the behaviour they are expressing. There are a huge variety of reasons that horses may need a calmer, but there are also many instances where a calmer is inappropriately sought.
Calmers are formulated to reduce, regulate and/or manage the stress response. They are for settling anxiety and stress related behaviours. They will not break habitual behaviours and they will not eliminate excitability from excess energy.
We have developed a helpful guide to determine if your horse needs a calmer:
It can seem like a simple solution when things start to go awry to throw a calmer at the problem, but we encourage a bit of investigative work to understand the root cause. This way you can address the problem quickly and effectively (for your horse’s benefit) and also save money by not buying unsuitable products that won’t have the desired effect (for your benefit).
If you have any questions about calmers and whether it is necessary for your horse, please email us and a member of our team will be happy to advise.
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