An equestrian event such as a competition can often prove a stressful environment for our horses and ponies. Attending a show or an event brings new surroundings, different sights and smells and often more pressure in their ridden work! Keeping your equine calm at competitions is not only essential for your own safety but limiting stress for both you and your horse is highly beneficial for health, wellbeing and to help ensure you and your equine deliver the best result possible on the day!
Five Top Tips for Keeping Calm at Competitions from Scientific Nutritional Products with the help of Horse Magnesium
1.) When travelling even if it is a short distance ensure your horse or pony has ample forage on-board your horse box or trailer and take a spare hay net for whilst he standing waiting if it is going to be a long day. When you arrive always offer your horse a small drink prior to tacking up and after riding.
2.) Always leave yourself enough time when you arrive at a competition to fully prepare your horse without being rushed or becoming stressed yourself. Allow ample time to get ready, tack up and to warm up as being underprepared with be of significant detriment to your performance.
3.) If your equine struggles with tension or stress at shows it is important to remember all horses are individuals and how you manage your equines at shows depends on their own unique personalities. Some horses need to be kept on the move at a show, while others are best left alone. For those that like to be kept active in busy environments walking the horse or pony around or lunging where appropriate may be ideal. Some equines may prefer having a companion at shows to boost their confidence so if your horse becomes stressed at shows why not consider travelling with another or taking a non-competing horse along for the ride?
4.) If your horse is displaying fresh, fizzy or bad behaviour at competitions their diet should always be considered. If you think that food is fuelling the excess energy, this may cause a horse to become frustrated or stressed so a change could help. Typically research has shown that high-starch diets offering quick release energy can result in a ‘fizzy’ state of mind in some horses so for those that are affected in a show environment a diet which is rich in fibre and oil may be a better choice.
5.) It may also be beneficial to feed a horse magnesium calmer in the diet to promote relaxed behaviour at shows. New Calmer Equine from Scientific Nutritional Products contains premium chelated Horse Magnesium an ‘anti stress mineral’ and B group vitamins which help relax muscles and the nervous system plus Pre and Probiotics for calm digestive system. A really effective magnesium for horses calmer.
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