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Calming Treats

Highly Palatable Calming Treats for Horses

24 reviews. 4.6 / 5
Guest - 19/05/2024 08:17
Great. Do what they say. !!
Linda - 09/05/2024 21:58
Nice chunky treats, perfect for either feeding by hand to do stretches or place in my pony's treat ball.
Guest - 07/05/2024 21:50
Not tried yet
Guest - 07/05/2024 07:48
I have not used them yet
Lorraine - 06/05/2024 10:51
Have used as treats for all the horses.  The horses love them.  The horses are very calm, so cannot say if the treats make them calmer.  The horses find the treats very palatable and will mug you if they know you have the treats in your pockets.
Guest - 27/04/2024 16:33
Seem to help although one of my horses will not eat them
Avril - 16/04/2024 11:42
Helped keep her chilled when moving yards.
Guest - 28/03/2024 14:50
Horses Spat them out and would not eat them
Guest - 13/03/2024 19:51
Horses seem to like them. Not sure yet about any calming effect.
Guest - 28/02/2024 13:54
Horses seem to like them!

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Nutrition Information

Designed to complement one of Feedmark's flagship products Steady-Up®, Calming Treats have been developed to provide horse owners with additional support in helping their horses to relax and focus during times of need. Calming Treats are made from all natural ingredients such as Brewer's yeast, Lemon balm and Chamomile, which are known for their calming and soothing effects. Ginseng and L-Tyrosine are also included for their effect on brain and neurotransmitter function. B vitamins and Brewer's yeast work together to support digestive function which is particularly beneficial during times of stress. 

Ginseng is an adaptogen which means it can help the horse's body manage stress by supporting the nervous system. In human studies, Ginseng has shown superior regulation of stress through controlling the function of the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis and regulating the immune response to stress (Lee & Rhee, 2017) by reducing the serum corticosterone levels induced by anxiety and stressful situations (Kim et al., 2010). 

Both Lemon balm and Chamomile guard against oxidative damage (Pereira et al., 2008) and so reduce the rate of oxidative stress in horses (Alsaadi  et al., 2016). Lemon balm is also known to have neurological benefits whilst Chamomile is well known for its soothing properties that can help to relax muscles and nerves through its antispasmodic activity. Chamomile naturally contains a nutrient called apigenin which has a positive influence on anxiety (Mutri et al., 2012).   

Brewer's yeast contains high levels of B vitamins, including B1 (Thiamine), which is known for its calming properties. Thiamine supplementation has been found to improve behaviour in humans who were Thiamine deficient and plays a role in mental performance (Bellisle, 2004). 

Tyrosine is shown to increase dopamine availability, potentially having an advantageous effect on cognitive performance. Supplemental Tyrosine is effective at regulating dopamine during stressful events (Kühn et al., 2019). 


Calming Treats are suitable for all types of horses and ponies that need additional support during times of stress and anxiety. 

 

References 

Alsaadi, S., Muniem, A., & Aljobory, I.S. (2016) Study the Variation in Biochemical Parameters of Post Colic Surgical Horses Which Treated With Chamomile Flowers. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 2 (11): 1964-1968.

Bellisle, F. (2004) Effects of diet on behaviour and cognition in children. British Journal of Nutrition, 92 (2): 227-232. 

Kim, Y., Choi, E-H., Doo, M., Kim, J-Y., Kim, C-J., Kim, C-T., & Kim, I-H. (2010) Anti-stress effects of ginseng via down-regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine β-hydroxylase (DBH) gene expression in immobilization-stressed rats and PC12 cells. Nutrition Research and Practice, 4(4): 270-275.

Kühn, S., Düzel, S., Colzato, L., Norman, K., Gallinat, J., Brandmaier, A.M., Lindenberger, U., & Widaman, K.F. (2017) Food for thought: association between dietary tyrosine and cognitive performance in younger and older adults. Psychological Research, 83 (6): 1097-1106.

Lee, S., & Rhee, D-K. (2017) Effects of ginseng on stress-related depression, anxiety, and the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis. Journal of Ginseng Research, 41(4): 589–594.

Murti, K., Panchhal, M.A., Gajera, V., & Solanki, J. (2012) Pharmacological Properties of Matricaria recutita: A Review. Pharmocologia, 3 (8): 348-351.

Pereira, R.P., Fachinetto, R., de Souza Prestes, A., Puntel, R.L., Santos da Silva, G.N., Heinzmann, B.M., Boschetti, T.K., Athayde, M.L., Bürger, M.E., Morel, A.F., Morsch, V.M., Rocha, J.B.T. (2009) Antioxidant Effects of Different Extracts from Melissa officinalis, Matricaria recutita and Cymbopogon citratus. Neurochemical Research, 34: 973-983. 

Composition

Wheatfeed, Wheat, Brewer's yeast, Chamomile, Ginseng powder, Lemon balm, Linseed oil, Sodium chloride, Permitted preservatives.

Additives

  Additive number per kg
Binder     
Lignosulphonate binder E565 25 g
     
Antioxidants     
BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) E321 2.4 mg
     
Vitamins    
Vitamin K3 (Menadione sodium bisulphate) 3a710 5.2 mg
Thiamine (Thiamine hydrochloride) 3a820 110 mg
Riboflavin  3a825i / 3a825ii 72 mg
Pyridoxine (Pyridoxine hydrochloride) 3a831 59 mg
B12 (Cyanocobalamin)   0.7 mg
Biotin 3a880 2.4 mg
Niacin 3a314 16 mg
Folic Acid 3a316 48 mg
Pantothenate (Calcium pantothenate) 3a841 132 mg
Choline (Choline chloride) 3a890 240 mg
     
Amino acids    
L-Tyrosine 3c401 32 g

 

Analytical

Crude protein  18 %
Crude oils & fats 5 %
Crude fibre  6.5 %
Crude ash 4.5 %
Sodium 0.25 %

Feeding Guide

 

As a suggestion give 6 - 10 Calming Treats 30-45 minutes before stressful or exciting situations, although you can feed double this amount if required. The number of treats required for your individual horse or pony will vary so trialling may be necessary to provide their ideal level of support. 

Calming Treats are safe to be fed long term and can be fed every day. 

For optimum support during times of stress give Calming Treats alongside our daily supplement Steady-Up®. 

Calming Treats are a complementary feeding stuff for equines, not a licensed medicine. Feedmark uses nothing in the formulation of this product that contravenes competition rules.