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When does EQUANIMITY® help?

When does EQUANIMITY® help?

1. How to use EQUANIMITY® to deal with excessive attachment in horses ?

Problems of excessive attachment and overdependence in horses are always linked to deep rooted anxiety. Generally, this chronic disorder can be traced back to the foal’s early development. Horses may also develop separation anxiety and become over dependent as a result of mistakes made at the time of weaning and breaking in, but anxiety disorders may also occur later because of unsuitable living conditions and training methods. In some cases, disorders may occur in horses that have always lived outside and in groups, and then suddenly are placed in a stall. Whatever the reason, excessive attachment disrupts the animal’s ability to adapt because of its dependence on and attachment to the presence of one specific individual.
 
An effective way to deal with excessive attachment must both break the dependence and control the anxiety. What results can Equanimity® provide for this situation? Two main effects: on one hand, it enables the horse to handle separation anxiety, without causing panic. This makes it possible to begin therapy focused on managing the anxiety-inducing situation. In addition, Equanimity® will control the extent of anxiety reactions that inevitably arise during reeducation. Such therapy usually requires 8 to 12 weeks of treatment, though duration will depend on the number of anxiety-inducing situations encountered and the clinical severity of the problem. The rider’s ability to follow the rehabilitation protocol is also a decisive factor (the more compliant, the faster the effect). It is also essential that the horse undergoes behavioral assessment. The use of Equanimity® alone will not be sufficient but Equanimity® is the essential element of a complete therapeutic process.
 
What results can EQUANIMITY® provide in this situation?
 
Two main effects: on one hand, it enables the horse to handle separation anxiety, without causing panic. This makes it possible to begin therapy focused on managing the anxiety-inducing situation. In addition, Equanimity® will control the extent of anxiety reactions that inevitably arise during reeducation.
Such therapy usually requires 8 to 12 weeks of treatment, though duration will depend on the number of anxiety-inducing situations encountered and the clinical severity of the problem. The rider’s ability to follow the rehabilitation protocol is also a decisive factor (the more compliant, the faster the effect).
It is also essential that the horse undergoes behavioral assessment. The use of Equanimity® alone will not be sufficient but Equanimity® is the essential element of a complete therapeutic process.
 
 
2. What to do when horses reject each other ?
 
Can Equanimity® help in this situation? I recently bought a mare to keep my gelding company in the meadow. This gelding has a complicated history, which has made him extremely unstable and very possessive. It turns out it was too hard for him to accept the mare. Eventually, I had to separate them. My idea was to apply the semiochemical on the horses so they associate a certain feeling of well-being with each other.

Equanimity® may provide valuable assistance in this instance. The two horses should be placed in adjacent plots, with only an electric fence separating them. The bottom of the fence should be high enough to allow the horses to come to eat on the ground without risking an electric shock. Then, an attractive mixture of food such as “apple + carrot” is placed on the ground and Equanimity® is applied to both horses. Separation should be maintained until both horses manage to eat together without any sign of nervousness. Once this happens, you may open the fence, taking care to place two watering points and two feeding points, with enough space between them so that neither horse can prevent the other from coming to drink or eat. In general, this kind of problem can be solved within 3 to 5 days. Equanimity® should be administered in the morning and in the evening at a minimum, and ideally in the morning, at noon and in the evening for the duration of therapy.

 

3. Can EQUANIMITY® be used during transport ?

 

Even for a horse that has no particular issues with travel, transporting horses is known to be a highly sensitive situation. If you wish to help your horse during transport, use Equanimity® to prevent any stressful situation. The best way to use Equanimity® is to apply it 20-30 minutes before transport when your horse is quiet in his stall.
If the horse has a real phobia of transport and is impossible to transport, the use of Equanimity® can provide interesting results but it must be done within a specific monitored procedure. The first thing to do (with the help of a veterinarian to schedule the different steps of reeducation) is to determine the exact moment when stress occurs (preparation of the horse in the stall, at the sight of the truck, etc.). Determining the point at which stress occurs is crucial, because there is no use in applying Equanimity® if the horse is already under stress. Once you have determined the stress-inducing situation, apply Equanimity® 20 to 30 minutes before the stressful situation. In this case, Equanimity®, used as an element of a reeducation program will significantly facilitate the problem. But you must proceed step by step with the advice of a veterinarian and follow a specific reeducation protocol. If transport is longer than 3 hours, do not hesitate to renew the application of Equanimity® as often as needed.