Cal­ma­tives May Help?

Horse & Rider - - Horse Life -

A stereo­typy (STERR-ee-oh-ty-pee) is any repet­i­tive, con­sis­tently iden­ti­cal be­hav­ior per­formed for no ob­vi­ous rea­son.

The frus­tra­tion of con­fine­ment and lone­li­ness is of­ten the root cause of a horse’s stereo­typic be­hav­ior. Cer­tain horses may have tem­per­a­ments es­pe­cially prone to frus­tra­tion; for some of these, a calm­ing sup­ple­ment may pro­vide ad­di­tional ben­e­fit— af­ter you’ve done all you can to im­prove your horse’s liv­ing con­di­tions, in­clud­ing turnout, com­pan­ion­ship, and proper diet. Ask your vet about the po­ten­tial ad­van­tage of a calm­ing sup­ple­ment for your horse. If you com­pete, re­view your dis­ci­pline’s pro­hib­ited sub­stance rules.

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