Month: May 2017

Everyone goes to a show

Everyone goes to a show

Since I’d already taken Moe to a dressage schooling show this year, I figured I might as well go for Oklahoma Dressage Society/Green Country Dressage year end awards on him. The club doesn’t have crazy requirements for awards- you must have at least 5 scores at […]

Barn cats

Barn cats

Over the winter, I noticed there were certain areas of my barn that attracted mice. I’d see their gross little droppings on the shelves in the feed room or find evidence of their handiwork in the tack room.  Johnny and I set out some electric […]

Are calming supplements cheating?

Are calming supplements cheating?

I crack a lot of jokes about how much Perfect Prep I sell at hunter/jumper shows; the quantity is usually measured by the case, not by the tube. It’s one of those things we can all laugh about, in a sort of, “Oh, those silly hunters!” way- even the hunters laugh in self-deprecation.

At the last h/j show, someone asked me if the store carried Total Calm & Focus. The store doesn’t, and I’d never heard of the product, so I Googled it. And then I Googled “total calm focus vs perfect prep” in an effort to learn more about which product people prefer. That search led me down a Chronicle of the Horse forum rabbit hole.

I think we can all agree that CotH forums don’t always facilitate rational discussion; rather, they attract users with strong opinions and firm convictions. In this particular case, my search eventually led me to a thread where someone asked advice about using calming supplements like Perfect Prep and Total Calm & Focus for their young horse at a show. The comments on the thread were equally split between people defending the use of such supplements and people railing against their use, citing the USEF drugs and medication rule which bans any medication given to enhance performance.

The pro-supplement side’s arguments were:

  • Horse will have a more positive experience because it is calmer
  • Horse will be safer for handlers and riders
  • Supplements are not drugs
  • Supplements do not contain prohibited substances

The anti-supplement side’s arguments were:

  • Horse will never learn to be calm at shows because it is always sedated
  • Supplements violate the spirit of the drugs and medication rule even if they do not contain prohibited substances

I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this issue. Are calming supplements cheating? Is it okay to use them at a schooling show but not a rated show? Where do you draw the line?

 

 

Product Review: Two Horse Tack Turnout Halter

Product Review: Two Horse Tack Turnout Halter

When the folks at Two Horse Tack approached me about reviewing one of their products, I was intrigued.  They make bridles, halters, reins, breast collars, and other tack out of Beta BioThane, a web-coated nylon material. Since Candy needed a new halter, I opted to […]

Adventures in breeding 2017

Adventures in breeding 2017

Last year, I decided I’d start the breeding process earlier in 2017. In 2016, I bred Gina in June; by time vet determined she’d reabsorbed the embryo, it was September, and I didn’t want to rebreed then. (No one wants to be born in the awful […]