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ProKalm Horse Calmer

ProKalm Horse Calmer

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ProKalm - Science Supplements Calmer for anxious and nervous horses

  • An innovation in helping manage
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Challenging behaviour
    • 1.1kg tub gives approximately 5 weeks supply

 

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ProKalm is an innovation in managing anxiety and stress in horses and ponies allowing them to perform to their potential. Once horses become anxious they may develop behaviours that make managing them difficult such as poor concentration, spooking, bolting, pulling, wind-sucking, crib biting, pawing, stamping and box walking.

Stress and anxiety over long periods can also lead to greater susceptibility to infections, gastric ulceration, loss of condition and poor recovery from exercise and competition as well as loss of performance.
 

ProKalm contains 4 different novel ingredients to help reduce anxiety and nervousness. ProKalm acts rapidly in as little as 30 minutes and the effects can last up to 8 hours. At low intake ProKalm is perfect for “taking the edge off”. At moderate intake, ProKalm  is suitable for more demanding situations and at the highest level of intake can be used for horses that are difficult to handle for example during clipping, shoeing, travelling, backing etc.

ProKalm can be fed as required, either for isolated situations or as a daily feed to achieve sustained reductions in anxiety.
 

WHAT?
An innovation in managing stress and anxiety in horses allowing them to perform at their potential. Rapid acting and effective calming supplement with results in as little as 30 minutes from feeding. A unique combination of herb extracts and amino acids and does not contain valerian, magnesium or tryptophan. ProKalm does not sedate or affect gait or performance

WHY?
How ever well you manage horses, they are all individuals. Once horses become anxious they may develop behaviours that make managing them difficult and stress and anxiety over long periods can also lead to greater susceptibility to infections, gastric ulceration and loss of condition. Other stress related problems can include failure to train properly, poor recovery from exercise and competition and loss of performance. ProKalm reduces anxiety leading to better control, better concentration, relaxation and easier management

WHEN?
For any stress related problems or stressful conditions. ProKalm is perfect for “taking the edge off” horses. At moderate intake ProKalm is suitable for more demanding situations and the highest level of intake can be used for horses that are difficult to handle, for example during clipping, shoeing, travelling, backing, etc. ProKalm can be fed as required, either for an isolated situation such as competing or can be fed daily to achieve a sustained reduction in anxiety. Uses of ProKalm include: Aggressive behaviour, anxiety, bleeders (EIPH), breaking to saddle/harness, starting stalls, bolting, box rest, box-walking, clipping, covering (mares or stallions), dangerous horses, dentistry, difficult horses, introduction to a new herd, introduction to a new yard, massage, problem horses, physiotherapy, rearing, rehabilitation, shoeing, stress, to aid training, to improve concentration in competition, transportation, turning out after box rest, vaccinations, vet visits, weaving, wind sucking

HOW?
ProKalm is best given in feed on a regular basis. The effects of a single dose can begin within 30 minutes and last for up to 8 hours. The amount given can be varied to get the desired effect. Some horses require higher doses than others. For a strong calming effect, e.g. to clip, shoe, box or when first turning out, give 2-4 scoops for a 500kg horses in feed or mix with a little water and syringe around 1-2h before peak effect is required. For a mild-moderate calming effect , e.g. for riding, travelling, etc give 1-2 scoops for a 500kg horse in feed or mix with a little water and syringe around 1-2h before peak effect is required. For sustained calming over time, for anxious horses or those with vices e.g. cribbing, give 0.5 to 2 scoops for a 500kg horse in both morning and evening feeds for at least 7 days. For first time use we strongly recommend feeding 2 x 25ml scoops per day split between morning and evening feed for a 500kg horse. If the effect is too strong then reduce the dose

If after 1-2 days the effect is not strong enough then increase to 4 x 25ml scoops per day and up to 6 x 25ml scoops per day after a further 1-2 days

AND?
Why not magnesium? There is no scientific evidence that magnesium has any calming effect in horses - Why not valerian? It is illegal under FEI and rules of racing - Why not tryptophan? Tryptophan signals to the body that it is exhausted and has a negative effect on performance - Why not acepromazine (ACP)? ACP during exercise increases risk of in-coordination, stumbling and injury - Tested to be free from the prohibited substances caffeine, theobromine, hyoscine, hordenine, morphine and atropine - Does not contravene FEI rules or rules of racing - Scoop included - See testimonials

Available in 192g trial pouch, a 1.1kg tub or ProKalm syringe.

OUR CLINICAL & SCIENTIFIC TESTS & TRIALS

The effect of feeding domestic horses a herb extract and amino acid based calmer (PROKALM): a double blind placebo controlled trial. This is the summary of an independent study conducted at Hartpury College*

Introduction
There are a very limited number of studies examining the effects of calming products on equines and the mechanisms underlying their use. Therefore many of the products on the market are not supported by scientific evidence (Harris, 2007); most companies rely on owner testimonials to evaluate their use, and they do not use controlled trials to demonstrate efficiency (Mckeever, 2005). The aims of the present study were 1) To determine if the reactivity of horses to a novel object test altered after seven days of feeding a commercial calmer (ProKalm, Science Supplements Ltd) 2) To determine if carers and instructors assessed the horse’s behaviour and temperament as having altered after supplementation.

Methods & Materials
Sixteen mature horses without extreme behaviours were selected by the yard manager to participate.  All horses were weighed on a calibrated weigh bridge to determine the quantity of supplement they received.  Horses weighing over 600 kg received 5 scoops of the supplement daily and those weighing less than 600 kg received 4 scoops of the supplement daily (in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions).  The horses were randomly assigned into two groups, one half that received supplement X and one half that received supplement Y for seven days. All horses completed a novel object test and had a temperament questionnaire completed by a student carer and two instructors on day 0.  The horses were then fed their allocated supplement for seven days and on day seven underwent a novel object test and the questionnaire was repeated, to assess any changes in behaviour and temperament (both undesirable and desirable behaviours).  During the seven days the horses’ management regimens were kept consistent.

Results
Novel object test: Horses in the treatment group ‘settled’ significantly faster on day 7 than day 0 (P<0.05), and significantly faster than the horses in the placebo group (P<0.05). Horses in the placebo group increased their vocalisation and object investigation on day 7 compared to day 0 (P<0.05), whilst those in the treatment group demonstrated a significant increase in alert behaviours only (P<0.05). Questionnaire: There was no significant difference in overall desirable trait score (by questionnaire) between day 0 and day 7 of either group. There was no significant difference in overall undesirable trait score (by questionnaire) between day 0 and day 7 for the treatment group, but the placebo group did demonstrate a significant reduction in overall undesirable trait score. The only desirable trait that demonstrated a significant difference in trait score was ‘Concentration’ in the treatment group (P<0.05).

Conclusion
In a group of horses with a range of behaviours typical of horses used for teaching, feeding ProKalm for 7 days resulted in both objective and subjective improvements in behaviour that could be considered desirable for handling, riding, training and competing.


 

*Helme, J. and Dumbell, L. (2009) Equine Centre, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, UK


 


Brand/Manufacturer: Science Supplements

Product Code: w142681

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