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The perfect time to try a different approach to calming

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Most calmers work by sedating your horse. EquiFeast calmers work by supporting brain function and helping the horse to recognise that the world is a far less scary place than they thought. This approach has been embraced by a huge number of riders from Olympians like Laura Tomlinson and Joe Meyer through to recreational riders like Eloise Vizor (who worked for us some years ago and was influential in developing our CORE&MORE feed system).

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This highly positive approach requires us to look at the diet and remove nutrients that may actually be making behaviour worse as well as adding nutrients that should make things better.

Every horse is an individual with their own health issues and history of experiences. So there is unlikely to be a single feeding plan that suits every horse. So at EquiFeast we offer you an process that helps us and you to understand the diet that best suits your horse.

Here is that process:

We have a three pronged approach to bad behaviour in horses. This process is designed to get the horses brain (and sometimes other organs like the gut and the muscles) working as nature intended. When we achieve that horses soon recognise the world isn’t full of threats and that enables them to concentrate on the job in hand whether that be working for you or simply eating calmly in the field:

 

  1. Eliminate brain impairing things from the diet. Primarily this means artificial magnesium but also brain impairing herbs and nutrients like taurine. These days this is perfectly simple in the UK if you combine many of the “straights” available with a balancer from our CORE range and protein/energy from our MORE range: Here is an article to help you:
    https://equifeast-shop.com/creating-diets-with-no-added-magnesium/

  2. Providing chelated calcium which seems to be commonly deficient in both high and low calcium pastures and seems to help a process called calcium signalling. This is built into all bar one of our CORE balancers. Chelated calcium takes about a month to load so we generally implement these first two initially and “fine tune” towards the end of that first month with:

  3. Short term nutrients that may be depleted whenever the horse experience stress (we use tyrosine and tryptophan for this). Digestive support if we feel that digestive pain may be an issue. And, surprisingly because the science doesn’t support it) about 15% of horses benefit from truly tiny amounts of added magnesium – MUCH smaller amounts that those in most feeds and balancers.

    Sometimes we will use the level 3 ingredients from the start following consultation with the rider.

So the starting point of our process is for the rider/owner to describe the horse and its issues and it current diet and we will make a recommendation from there usually based on our CORE&MORE feed system which we have developed to overcome the excess magnesium incorporated into most more traditional feeds and balancers.

 

If you have access to your horse during the coronavirus lockdown now is the ideal time to try something completely different. So contact us now with details of your horse's issues and its current diet so we can make a start on helping you to get more fun and pleasure from your horse.

Email: advice@equifeast.com

Tel: 01453 836974

Facebook: facebook.com/EquiFeast/

 

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