How to choose a calmer supplement
The direct relationship between stress & magnesium is well documented. Poor magnesium status has been shown to cause a heightened stress response in horses. Research has shown that magnesium supplemented horses had lower heart rates in stressful situations, such as after transportation.
However, some magnesium compounds are not absorbed very well by horses. This means that the magnesium can’t be absorbed and get into the bloodstream. Read the label and choose your magnesium supplement carefully. Supplements containing Magnesium Oxide are very poorly absorbed by horses and so probably won’t be very effective. Choose a supplement containing either Magnesium Aspartate Hydrochloride or Chelated Magnesium, as they are both well absorbed and maybe more effective in supplementation.
The Nettex Calmer range contains magnesium’s that are bioavailable and quickly absorbed. Nettex V.I.P.® Keep Kalm and Nettex Calmer Maintenance Powder are formulated to help maintain magnesium levels by using Chelated Magnesium. Nettex V.I.P.® Keep Kalm also contains a unique ingredient, Casein. Casein is a natural milk protein that helps promote relaxation to aid calmness in young milk-fed animals. It has beneficial effects on both adult and young horses undergoing stressful situations Nettex V.I.P.® Keep Kalm is highly bioavailable for fast absorption and rapid effect. If you have a nervous horse that is easily distracted and stressed then these products would be ideal to feed daily and then top up with Nettex Calmer Syringe Paste Boost for more stressful situations. Nettex Calmer Syringe Paste Boost contains Magnesium Aspartate Hydrochloride and L-Theanine, an anti-stress amino acid active from green tea.
Top tip – get the best from your calmer supplement
Absorption rates of calmer supplements can vary between product and horses which can affect the results. This means that some horses may need a slightly higher or lower amount for desired effect. Trial your calmer supplement before a stressful situation to make sure that you are happy with the results and know whether you need to feed a slightly higher or lower amount.