In our circle of 4H friends, we seem to be in the minority in not giving our horse Quietex.
The general consensus is that because it’s all natural it’s not a drug. It allegedly takes the edge off and helps the horse relax in naturally stressful situations, like horse shows.
Marijuana is all natural too. As it matter of fact, it also takes the edge off and helps you relax in naturally stressful situations. I’m just saying…
We are leasing Shado, we don’t own him. So even if we wanted to use the stuff, it’s not our horse to be making a doping decision on. However, my gut feeling is that all natural or not, giving your horse “something” to help it relax before a horse show is doping. Delaney’s trainer, who is all knowing and all wise, is of the opinion that horses that can’t behave at shows need better training, not drugs. Delaney takes anything she says as gospel, so you know where Delaney stands.
Horse people in my readership (Jeanne and Doc?) – do you have anything to add? I’m new at all this, but I’ve been totally shocked at how common this is. Every horse show we go to we overhear somebody talking about how great the stuff is, and we’ve been encouraged by more than a couple of people to use the stuff.