For those of you who know my horse, you will know she is sensitive, sharp, spooky, tense and has a tendency to rear!! Not in a nasty way at all, she has never (touch wood) purposely tried to get me off, she has simply reacted to a situation she thought was terrifying like most horses would!!!! Now thinking about it this calmer has really got it sussed. The problem with horses is that there adrenaline pumps round and causes them to react. Especially in competition horses they get easily stressed and not able to concentrate.
"Stress, nervousness, panic, lack of concentration, are descriptions for a very complex problem. There is still no universal effective way of fully calming horses without using sedation (not allowed during competition!) while at the same time increasing their concentration to the maximum" - Cavalor
So what difference have I noticed in Annie? Well in just 4 days (yes 4 days!!!))) she is much more settled and she hacked ALONE this weekend. Now we normally get rearing and spinning and the smallest of things in the distance, however this time she was foot perfect. She felt like a well behaved Pony Club horse! She was a saint on the main road even where I would put money on her stopping and rearing at the same place she does every single hack! But no she was good as gold! We usually turn her out in a chifney and today when I let go and closed my eyes, she just waddled off chilled as anything!
Coming back from a broken ankle I was not looking forward to sitting a rear and so far so good! I took her up to the menage for a school and she went beautifully. I decided to enter into a dressage competition, and after 6 week break I must be mad we took her best friend Goldie too who did the same test half an hour before, We left her in the lorry alone while Goldie did her showpiece and she only did the odd winney (omg the horsebox is normally rocking!!) When it was my time to get on she was so well behaved and settled into the warm up the best she ever has. Even scoring a 69.25% with Goldie as a distraction (or not anymore!!!)
Anyway I could go on, but I will tell you this last memorable thing, skinny fences...! I always get worked up about them and last year I couldn't even get her to walk over it without been anxious and scared!!! I could feel her body so tense. On Sunday even with a wonky rider, she stepped over the narrowest of poles in walk with no fuss and even a slightly wonky rider!!! Having not seen a pole in over 6 weeks I thought am I pushing my luck here trying this in canter? No siri!!!! Bloody marvelous! I even ended up popping a block in and jumping them as a double wooohooo!!! Check out the full blog here on the straightness exercise we did!
So if you are seriously asking yourself what do I try now... what are you waiting for this product I would recommended 100 times over, and before I go you don't even need to feed it 24/7 (WHAT?!?!?!) I here you saying
Indication for useStart: 10 days 30g/1.0 oz day (4 scoops). Maintenance: 15g/0.5 oz day (2 scoops). Before competition: Start 3 days before competition and adjust as needed.
For more info please see www.cavalor.com/sa-en/products/details/88/cavalor-sozen
I also was going to try the 'Take it Easy' however I haven't needed too!
This can be fed again as and when you need it
Take it Easy- Indication for useDepending on the level of stress from 20 – 60 cc 24 hours before the stress situation. Optimum result: 20 cc the evening before, 20 cc in the morning and 20 cc 1 hour before the stressful situation. Maximum 3 tubes per day.
Sozen- Now for the feeding part!
Position and safety of the product
Cavalor Sozen is a well-balanced herbal mixture of Avena Sativa, Betula, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Allium sativa . It will reduce the impact on tension on the horse, which will create less stress into the horse
Dosage and application of the products
Cavalor Sozen: The first time you use Cavalor SeZen you have to give a Starting Boost of minimal 10 days 30 g per day (four scoops). This is needed to rebalance the Adrenaline - Cortisol balance. REMARK; sometimes after 4 - 5 days the horse might even get a little more tensed, but this is because the Cavalor SoZen start to work on the balance. After the Startup boost you can use Cavalor SoZen 2 days, 15 gr / day (two scoops) before the day on which the horse should be calm. Maximum dosage: 60 gram per day.
Most horses react well to Cavalor SoZen. If the horse has not calmed down sufficiently with the use of the individual products, it is advisable to combine Cavalor SoZen with Cavalor Takit Easy, which is rich in tryptophan, that works more on the Methionine/ Serotonin balance and is very complementary to Cavalor SoZen.