Diet change revolutionised anxious, spooky horse
The Nappy Dylan and the new confident Dylan - "Its amazing to see the difference in him"
"I've had my 7yr old ISH for 18 months now. Last August my riding instructor advised me to contact Malcolm as my horse was very spooky, easily distracted and very nappy out hacking (even in company).
He was getting better in company but, try hacking on his own, and he would do mini rears, spin, back up and try to take off! I couldn't even ride him around the grounds of the stables without him getting anxious and spinning.
Malcolm was very helpful and straight away gave me the hope we could help him. We changed his diet completely (he was on a herbal chaff and a balancer*). Malcolm suggested a chelated calcium based vitamin, mineral and amino acid balancer plus a high fibre feed and eliminating all the added magnesium from the rest of the diet.
Wow! I saw a difference. After 3 months my horse is more relaxed schooling and in company hacking. We have taken things slowly, starting to get him to take the lead out hacking, going out on his own with my partner on foot and doing a small route without anyone else. We have always had him on a gut supplement. Recently we found he was struggling more than usual. I spoke to Malcolm who suggested putting him on the DIGEST supplement instead (no magnesium). So far so good!
This weekend we had our biggest achievement yet! We went out on a 1 hour solo hack without any issues. I cannot thank Malcolm enough for all his time either by phone or email. I know that without these products I wouldn't have the happy, relaxed horse I do now. Its amazing to see the difference in him."
* Dylan was being fed a chaff with "GABA agonist herbs" used as flavourings. They are becoming far more common as feed firms eliminate molasses but still need to maintain palatability. These hit the same receptor as diazepam (Valium) and that can really impact on the behaviour of some horses. Read more here.
He was also on a commercial balancer, Except for EquiFeast's products almost every balancer in the UK market has magnesium added. The science is very clear - it builds up in horses (equine science) and it sedates (equine science and neuroscience and biochemistry). Sedation is the polite term "brain impairment" is probably more accurate as it often increases anxiety, distraction and spookiness. Read more here.
Note: Just because one particular product suits Dylan doesn't mean it is right for your horse. To make sure your diet has the right "brain food" and none of the "nasty" ingredients why not fill in our Free Diet Review form. It only takes about 5 minutes.