We have a four 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.Decide if oxalates are involved or not by asking the rider to identify the pasture species involved.
2.Eliminate brain impairing things from the diet.
Primarily this means artificial magnesium but also brain impairing herbs and
nutrients like taurine and chamomile. These days this is getting easier in
Australia if you combine many of the “straights” available with our magnesium
free balancer Essential Daily Care: Here is an article to help you:
3.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 found in BREAK FREE (for oxalates), Cool, Calm & Collected (for non-oxalate equestrian pursuits) and RaceMAX for the Racing industry. 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:
4.Short term nutrients that may be depleted
whenever the horse experience stress (we use tyrosine [FineTUNE 1] and
tryptophan [OptiMAX] for this). Digestive support may be an issue. We have
recently re-introduced our very comprehensive approach to this with the renamed
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 Essential Daily Care and Chelated calcium products which we have developed to overcome the excess magnesium incorporated into most more traditional feeds and balancers.
Whoever you buy from Trevor Wozencroft is
available in Australia (Tel 0414 515 400) and I am available from the UK for
the more technical questions.
Email for Trevor: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Malcolm mailto:email@example.com