• Suzannah Povey-White

The Herbal Horse - Calm Mix

Summary


The Herbal Horse - Calm Mix

Price: from £27.82


Usability - ★★★☆☆

Effectiveness - ★★★★★

Value for Money - ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


What is Herbal Horse - Calm Mix?


A blend of herbs, tryptophan, vitamins and magnesium formulated to have a calming effect on horses without causing drowsiness. Advised to use daily or at events only, depending on the needs of your horse. This formulation is only available in the UK and Ireland. The Herbal Horse uses tryptophan instead of 5-HTP and add vitamin D in order to increase the production of serotonin.


Note: One 500g bag, if used continuously at a rate of one scoop per day will last one horse four weeks.


What do the makers say?


According to The Herbal Horse, results have been nothing short of astonishing. South African riders who have tried both versions have said that the UK version is even more effective than the SA version, but, does 'Calm Mix' really live up to it's claims? Lucky for you, we put it to the test in our first ever 'tried and tested' review, here on The Horse Hub.


Who is our reviewer and what does he think?


Jake Tarrant

Jake is a grass-roots eventer, based in the South-East of England. He specialises in re-training race horses for eventing and is always looking for the next star!


Jake likes to keep his horses' management routine as simple as possible, but has been looking for a natural supplement to feed his live-wire horse, Waldo who had become anxious and almost unmanageable on the ground after losing his friend.


Jake says:

A lifelong sceptic of calmers, I have always advocated more work and engaging my horse’s brain to try and keep them on the straight and narrow. But when I lost one of my boys to colic, his field mate became incredibly anxious and almost unmanageable on the ground, while fine under saddle.... this led me to a bit of a conundrum.


Enter The Herbal Horse Calm Mix. Now I didn’t know what to expect, but was willing to try anything to help my fella move past his loss, so I started using it almost expecting it to fail. My initial impression of the product was that it was well packaged and minimal, so there would not be a huge amount of rubbish generated when I finished with it (I’m sure I’m not the only one with a huge amount of empty tubs I keep trying to find uses for).



As I used it further I did become frustrated with the bag; the resealable opening was hard to seal, the pouch was a little too small for my hand, and the lack of a handle on the measuring scoop made it awkward to use. This was, however, completely off set by the vast improvement in Waldo’s manner, and how much more settled he became in the stable and field. He relaxed back into his surroundings and became the horse he used to be. So basically – it was a resounding success!


Conclusion


All in all, a great product that does exactly what it sets out to do and even with my frustrations, I will definitely use it again.

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