Horses can’t talk but if you listen, they speak.
Our differing dietary preferences and requirements are made more manageable by our ability to vocalise what we feel we need to eat at a given time. Just so our ability to communicate can noticeably alleviate stress. When your horse shows signs of distress, try to be as accommodating and intuitive as possible because that is how the animal communicates. And an ill-suited diet is in fact something that might be inhibiting calmness.
“…to calm a hot horse, consider a diet low in starch and sugar”
While different breeds are known for certain temperaments, some horses are susceptible to glucose rushes which can occur if a horse rapidly eats feed that is specifically high in starch and sugar. Simple carbohydrates are primarily responsible for rises in blood glucose levels which can result in behavioural issues. So to calm a hot horse, consider a diet low in starch and sugar. It is also wise to feed a horse smaller portions, more often, whether you use a commercial mix or your own feed formula. For example, you might split four scoops of grain into four separate meals. Timing is also important – you don’t want to ride at the peak of a glucose rush.
“B-vitamins play an essential role in a horse’s metabolism…”
There is a relationship between anxiety and vitamin B deficiency in humans. Similarly, a deficiency of vitamin B or mineral magnesium in a horse, which can result from hard work and heavy sweat output, could be causing it increased excitement. B-vitamins play an essential role in a horse’s metabolism and their water solubility is what can lead to a deficiency. If the demand exceeds the natural supply, the best decision might be to use a trusted feed supplement like Rigly Tranquil. This product can be used for racing and show horses – even on competition day! The intention is not to pump the horse with foreign chemicals – on the contrary – it is to correct feed deficiencies and depletion of blood levels.
“…with a calm companion…”
Sometimes your best friends don’t say a word to you. This underscores the true meaning of companionship and it is applicable between horses as well. Studies have shown that when a typically agitated horse is paired with a calm companion, the more fearful horse begins to experience a lower heart rate. Do you fully exhaust the potential of this simple solution when it comes calming a horse down? Oftentimes our own anxiety comes from a feeling of loneliness. A scared horse sometimes needs similar reassurance.