How we sort out your horse's brain

Posted by Malcolm Green on Feb 9th 2021

How we sort out your horse's brain

We have a three pronged approach to bad behaviour in horses. This process is all 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. This is often the most difficult for us to achieve in North America so sometimes we have to work with diets that are slightly less than ideal diets. However we have an article on our website that should help you reduce the added magnesium in the diet by replacing some of the formulated grain products:

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. 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 3% 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 Cool, Calm & Collected product and Essential Daily Care which we have developed to overcome the excess magnesium incorporated into most more traditional feeds and balancers.