June 14, 2013 -- Kauffman’s Calming Pellets, manufactured by Kauffman’s Animal Health, is the winner of Good Horsekeeping’s Calmer Challenge, according to Laurie Cerny, publisher of www.good-horsekeeping.com.
Six calming products were tested for the challenge. The calmers were tested on a 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that Cerny describes as high-strung and obsessive.
“I have used many calming products on this horse over the years and have found the ones with B-1 and magnesium to be the most effective. Kauffman’s has both, as well as Inositol,” Cerny said.
Research has shown that a lack of magnesium in a horse’s diet can affect neuromuscular function, resulting in increased hyperactivity.
“Within three days of using the product he was still somewhat obsessive, but able to focus better, and when he became distracted by something during a workout was able to re-focus more quickly than when not on the pellets, “Cerny said. “I particularly like that these pellets are made in a facility that is certified in the American Feed Industry Association’s Safe Feed/Certification Program.”
Cerny added, “Regardless of their effectiveness, calming products should never be used as a replacement for the proper management and training of a high-strung, nervous horse, or in cases where a more experienced rider may be the best thing for the animal.”
Spalding Fly Predators, Flex ‘n Fork, Ready To Roll Leave In Conditioner, and Sore-No-More Cooling Clay Poultice also received the Good Horsekeeping Product Approval. The products are now featured on the Product Approval pages of the website.
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