I know I keep raving about The Herbal Horse’s Calm Mix, and I realise that it’s very easy to discount my enthusiasm and think “she’s sponsored by them, of course she’d say that.” I admit I think the same thing myself when I see endorsements, sometimes… but this really does work. (And… I don’t get it for free, either!) I have lots of reports from satisfied customers whose horses have just had the ‘stupid/overreactive’ dimension removed from their their behaviour. Easier horses make safer horses, and happier riders and handers. This stuff doesn’t make them dull, or unresponsive, it just makes them that bit saner if they are too sharp, in my experience.
But if you don’t want to take my word for it, here is a full report from a purchaser of Calm Mix, Lucy Muir, reproduced with her full permission of course.
“I had previously used other calmers (in particular NAF Magic and was using this prior to trying Calm Mix) but this was having no effect on either of my horses. In particular Tom who is an ISH with a bubbly infectious personality that nearly all of the time is wonderful. However, he has the ability to see imaginary monsters, shadows, BIG leaves, and any bird of any description flapping was just all too much and he would either do an over exaggerated leap and shoot off or stop dead and try and run off. None of this was too terrible but it was just annoying and frustrating especially when schooling. He also had no patience – he wouldn’t wait at road junctions, wouldn’t wait for cars to pass etc – I think he had previously got away with a lot just because he is a cheeky loveable chap.
On Kerry’s review on E-venting on Calm Mix I thought I would give it a whirl.
Within the first dose there was an immediate difference. The leaps were smaller, the monsters weren’t frightening and he would wait at a junction out hacking. Over the next couple of days I tried out giving half the amount and none. The effects are immediate and when he had none in his breakfast he was a little monkey again. And it sounds obvious, half the amount had half the effect! It’s palatable, excellent value for money and I certainly won’t be using anything else now. I rode this morning in a howling gale and in an absolute downpour and he paid no attention to the typhoon and schooled beautifully – I can’t ask for more than that.
There will be no need for expensive pastes at competitions either!
Tom is a fairly large chap at 16.2 and irish and I have found that 3/4 measure in both his morning and night feed is the perfect amount. He is still his awesome self, not at all drowsy just without his plonker moments! Happy days 🙂”
Just to reassure everyone, full testing has been carried out and the mix contains absolutely NO banned ingredients, it is absolutely safe to use.
It contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid which makes the body produce serotonin. In my layman’s brain, from my reading, this means that it promotes a feeling of relaxation and happiness in the horse. Simple as that. Bright, happy horses, not anxious, reactive horses. Mine only get a tiny sprinkle of it on most days, not even 1/2 a scoop, but more the evening before and morning of a day that is likely to be very stressy for them. It’s now known a ‘Happy Powder’ here!
If anyone wants to try, the discount code “kerry5off” gives a 5% discount on all products on the website. Better than nothing, and definitely worth a go! I absolutely wouldn’t be without it on my yard now.
Or, if anyone wants to buy a Trial size pack of the Calm Mix, get in touch with me, on the post below or by email at kerilli at gmail dot com, please. I put about 4 days’ worth into a pack, with instructions and measuring scoop (and do free postage). That should be enough for you to tell whether it works on your horse, without the outlay for a full sized bag. So far I think we’ve only had one on which it didn’t seem to have a definite effect.
For those who have asked, bigger sizes of Calm Mix should be available at some point, too.