Equestrian Calmers: Choosing The Right One For Your Horse

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 Horse Calmers

Equestrian calmers can be very useful for horses that are highly strung and suffer with stress and anxiety. Feeding/giving a calmer can reduce acute stress and anxiety - in turn this can lower the risk of stress related illnesses such as gastric ulcers and weight loss. 

As most horse owners will know, horses can become stressed at the drop of a hat. They can be triggered by the slightest thing, such as a change in routine, diet, transport or stable condition - this is why you should always aim to keep your horse in a regular routine. Sometimes you may need the help of a calmer to help create a happier horse that is easier to handle. 

We have listed our bestselling calmers, in all forms, with a brief description of each to help you decide which is most suitable. 

Instant Calmers 

Instant calmers are fast acting and are ideal for competitions, farrier visits or in the event you need to administer some stress relief quick. Like most calmers, instant calmers will most likely contain magnesium, tryptophan and valerian, which are all known to have anti-anxiety properties. Instant calmers will usually come in a paste form that is administered with a syringe for maximum effect. 

Naf Instant Magic

Naf Instant Magic

  • Fast acting 
  • No build up needed
  • Administer approx. 1.5 hours before the event
  • Bio-available magnesium formula 
  • Ideal for short term use, i.e. out at a competition 
  • FEI approved
  • £15 for a pack of 3 

Equine America So Kalm Syringe

Equine America So Kalm Syringe

  • Designed to 'take the edge off' without removing focus 
  • Administer approx. 2 hours before the event 
  • No build up needed
  • £11.50 

Equine America Super So Kalm Syringe

Equine America Super So Kalm Syringe

  • Premium grade Magnesium with L-Tryptophan
  • More concentrated formula compared to 'So Kalm' (seen above)
  • Administer approx. 2 hours before event 
  • No build up needed
  • £20.00

Supreme Defuse Syringe

Supreme Defuse Syringe

  • Vitamin based supplement
  • Contains no prohibited substances
  • No build up needed 
  • Administer approx. 2.5 hours before event 
  • £8.50 

Liquid & Powder Calmers 

Liquid and powder calmers often require a build up or loading rate before you can see a noticeable difference in behaviour. However, once the supplement is loaded and maintained accordingly, it can improve a horse's stress and anxiety levels and help to keep them under control in the long term. 

Horse First Relax Me

Horse First Relax Me

  • Powder formulation 
  • Free from prohibited substances
  • Combines magnesium with vitamin E and B
  • Loading rate of 7 days 
  • 750g £22.00 & 2kg £50.00

TopSpec Calmer

Topspec Calmer

  • Powder formulation
  • Contains pure protected yeast, MOS, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and sepiolite clay
  • Free from prohibited substances
  • Maximum effect in 3 weeks 
  • 3kg £35.00 

NAF Magic

NAF Magic

  • Powder formulation  
  • Unique blend of magnesium and herbal nutrients 
  • Magic does not contravene FEI rules and is safe for use in all horses
  • 750g £23.99, 1.5kg £42.99 and 3kg £79.99
  • Loading rate 7-10 days 

NAF Magic Liquid

NAF Magic Liquid

  • Liquid formulation 
  • Contains magnesium and a blend of herbs 
  • Magic Liquid has the advantage of extracting the active ingredients from the herbs, making them more readily available
  • 1L £31.99
  • Loading rate 3-10 days

Animalife Vetrocalm Growing

 Animalife Vetrocalm Growing

  • Powder formulation 
  • Contains bioavailable magnesium, tryptophan and other amino acids
  • Free from banned substances
  • Loading rate is + 7 days 
  • 300g £19.99 (30 day supply) & 900g £49.99 (90 day supply)

Global Herbs Supercalm

Global Herbs Supercalm

  • Powder formulation 
  • Tropical herbal nutrition with sufficient magnesium and potassium
  • 2-3 day loading rate
  • 500g £15.75 & 1kg £31.00

Global Herbs Supercalm Liquid

Global Herbs Supercalm Liquid

  • Liquid formulation 
  • Palatable, quickly absorbed and easy to feed
  • Tropical herbal nutrition
  • 2-3 days loading rate 
  • 1L £33.00