The semiochemical (EAP) which is the active ingredient of Equanimity® is a chemical signal secreted by the lactating mare. It triggers, in foals as in adult horses, brain secretions that stops some stress reactions and increases the tendency to explore and seek contact with other individuals: peers or individuals of a different species that are identified as not dangerous.
Several studies published in international journals and scientific conferences have shown that this secretion encourages exploration and learning of new situations (preventive use) and makes behavioral reeducation easier (curative use).
In the first case, one can immediately observe a confident attitude in the horse who learns easily and calmly to adapt to a new situation (boarding a van, noise of a lawnmower, etc.). In the second case, the semiochemical will act to stop the development of anxiety reactions, which makes behavioral reeducation possible. But in this case, the semiochemical plays only a facilitating role, it will not generate new behavior itself, no more than an anxiolytic drug will.
At the first applications, one can measure a reduction of stress-related biological responses (secretion of “stress hormones”, heartbeat, diarrhea, sweating, etc. in fact everything that shows the uneasiness that the horse associates with the situation), but not a change in performance yet. This can only be achieved by the reeducation work that will be facilitated and accelerated by using Equanimity®. If your horse has anxiety issues or phobias, this requires a customized reeducation program that should be conducted initially outside of a competition context, so the rider can also be in a relaxed frame of mind. In the case of an anxiety disorder, it is important to have your horse checked by a veterinarian behaviorist. It is also necessary to provide specific information on your horse including age, sex, race, competition history, medical history, lifestyle (type of accommodation, feeding mode, work program, description of behavioral issues and observed evolutions).