Stress Relief

Do you use any products to help relax your horse during stressful situations?

Prescription sedatives
Natural/herbal remedies
Over-the-counter and/or products from catalogues
No, I don't use any products
No, I don't think my horse needs any stress-relief

Total votes cast: 470

Comments & Write-in Answers

Rescue Remedy - would not leave home without it - could help save a life if horse goes into shock

3/19/2012 9:41:20 PM

I don't "destress" but after, extra long or rocky trail ride I bute.a

3/19/2012 7:48:27 PM

I make my own valerian root based product but has a 7 day withholding period

3/19/2012 7:37:52 PM

speaking softly near his hear and stroking behind his ear and along his neck works wonders

3/19/2012 5:17:09 PM

I changed my feed and my jorse management program and now my racehorse is much less stressed

3/19/2012 4:39:23 PM

Only for 4th of July or other holidays involving fireworks

3/19/2012 2:49:58 PM

never used it and never will

3/18/2012 9:34:34 PM

Acupressure, massage, lunging

3/18/2012 4:42:36 PM

I think if you need to do that your horse may need a different job or may need more variety in his w

3/18/2012 12:13:02 AM

A little Ace on certain rides makes for a safer ride

3/17/2012 12:50:23 AM

Hancock bred qtr. no stress problems

3/16/2012 11:29:40 PM

Natural/herbal ONLY, and usually only if my horse is REALLY stressed. Otherwise, he doesn't need it.

3/16/2012 7:23:26 PM

I train my horse's to handle stress so I don't need meds.

3/16/2012 12:35:34 PM

For things like dental work or branding, vet give mild sedative, otherwise no.

3/16/2012 9:09:25 AM

I've never seen my horse show any stress.

3/15/2012 11:42:04 PM

I use Parelli Natual Horsemanship techniques to keep my horse thinking and focused on me

3/15/2012 9:06:19 PM

For medical procedures only

3/15/2012 7:58:25 PM

I guess a gentle voice, carrots, and apples don't count as products!

3/15/2012 5:12:40 PM

People have forgotten how to train horses and turn to the quick fix

3/15/2012 2:50:06 PM

Ulcergard to prevent stress-induced ulcers when trailering long distance

3/15/2012 2:48:53 PM

I use ace a lot. It works pretty good when I'm at rodeos with my barrel horse.

3/15/2012 12:01:43 PM

Basic desensitization techniqueswork best for my horse

3/15/2012 11:14:58 AM

massage therapy

3/15/2012 7:40:26 AM

no just work her enough to calm her down.

3/15/2012 1:03:12 AM

I work with them on the ground to relieve stress.

3/14/2012 10:55:01 PM

changing diet to include more fat and less carbs during riding season, we don't ride in winter

3/14/2012 10:20:56 PM

drugs for mane pulling!

3/14/2012 10:07:13 PM

my Morgan mare is very nervous, and magnesium seems to help a little

3/14/2012 8:31:09 PM

By products, do you mean drugs? No I don't drug my horse into good behavior.

3/14/2012 8:10:37 PM

lavender oil if needed...and massage/petting

3/14/2012 4:37:33 PM

Calm-n-Cool for both stallions for farrier & vet appointments..

3/14/2012 3:40:43 PM

Pure L-Tryptophan

3/14/2012 2:50:08 PM

I calm them with voice and body language if necessary

3/14/2012 2:08:39 PM

only use the old stand by" wet saddle blankets"

3/14/2012 2:06:10 PM


3/14/2012 2:05:54 PM

Haven't used any yet, but have thought about it when horse is sometimes "spunup".

3/14/2012 12:10:06 PM

Just use rarely & is only given by the vet for teeth, wound treatment not 4 shows or trailering.

3/14/2012 11:52:35 AM

Magnesium supplementation works well to decrease prolonged spooking and allow horses to focus.

3/14/2012 11:24:13 AM

B-Calm for parades, but never horseshows.

3/14/2012 10:46:52 AM

my horse is not stressed

3/14/2012 9:37:24 AM

Once! For mare with laminitis fear of farrier.

3/14/2012 9:22:30 AM

Best thing you can do to keep stress level low is 24/7 turnout

3/14/2012 9:07:46 AM


3/14/2012 7:35:45 AM

I use both herbal & over the counter products, depends on what works for each horse

3/14/2012 5:49:05 AM

I use a vit B and magnesium supplement in his feed daily.

3/14/2012 5:32:58 AM

Mare Magic

3/14/2012 2:27:16 AM

My horse is very laid back and not much bothers him

3/14/2012 12:27:36 AM

Magnesium and B vitamins

3/14/2012 12:22:51 AM

I like to use Maalox or Probiotics to settle the stomach in stressful situations

3/13/2012 8:45:56 PM

I don't use any products for stress. I do use psyllium once a month, garlic products for flies, etc

3/13/2012 1:41:24 PM

My mare lives on a calming supplement--works like a charm.

3/13/2012 8:30:53 AM


3/13/2012 6:18:31 AM

Used for 4th of July Fireworks with good results

3/13/2012 2:26:50 AM

I use patience, trust & calm; support him emotionally.

3/13/2012 12:31:08 AM