Frequently asked questions about Trouble Free™

Are horses more apt to be high-strung in the spring?

It is not uncommon for horses become especially “fresh” in the springtime. Many horses are grazing on fast-growing cool-season grasses that are packed with sugar and deficient in the mineral magnesium. These circumstances can result in excitability, and in some cases it can make a horse almost unrideable. Regulating grass intake and supplementing with magnesium and B vitamins will help maintain calmness by restoring and supporting normal nerve function.

Under what circumstances does a horse need additional magnesium?

Pregnant and lactating mares, young growing horses, stressed horses, and especially horses in moderate to heavy work have additional requirements for magnesium. Signs of magnesium deficiency include nervousness, excitability, and muscle tremors.

What is taurine and what does it do for my horse’s attitude?

Taurine is an amino acid (a building block of proteins) that is critical for proper nerve transmission and muscle function. Taurine assists in nerve impulse generation and acts to stabilize cell membranes by modifying neurotransmitters. It supports calmness in horses.

Do horses produce enough of the B vitamin thiamine to meet their requirements?

For the most part, the microbes populating your horse’s hindgut will produce adequate levels of most B vitamins to meet the requirements of a horse that is hanging out in the field or ridden lightly. Once a horse starts to work harder or is put under stress, his requirements increase and diet alone may not be sufficient. This is especially true for vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. Thiamine deficiencies can result in a number of different nervous disorders and hyperirritability. Some symptoms of thiamine deficiency are weakness, poor appetite, weight loss, incoordination, and nervousness.

Does inositol interact with serotonin in horses?

Inositol is involved in the actions of serotonin, which reduces anxiety and supports calmness in horses. Inositol is related to B vitamins and supports electrical impulses and nutrient transfer across the cell membrane.

When and how often do I administer Trouble Free?

Trouble Free comes in a 80cc oral dosing syringe. Each syringe contains a two 40cc servings. Administer one to two times daily

NOTE: The first time you use Trouble Free it is best to give your horse the first serving about 3 to 4 hours prior to when you need to maintain calmness. Some horses will react sooner than others. Once you see how your horse will react to Trouble Free you can adjust how far in advance you give it.

Calm focused horses, learn more, compete better, and are easier to manage.

Experiencing new situations or being introduced to new surroundings can be stressful for some horses. If your horse tends to get nervous or excited providing nutrients that support a calm demeanor might be helpful.

 

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