Calming supplements for horses

Chill Out! Does your horse need a calming supplement?

Information provided by Farnam


In our modern world, where we provide for our horses’ every need, it’s easy to forget they are still prey animals wired to “run first, think later.”


This flight instinct is beneficial for mustangs living in the wild where danger from predators still means life and death. However, when you saddle up for a relaxing trail ride with friends, the last thing you want is a horse that looks for the “boogey man” around every corner.

Some horses are just naturally more high-strung than others. They tend to fret and act nervous in situations that might not phase a more laid-back horse. If you have a nervous horse, you’ve probably wondered if there was a way to “take the edge off” without resorting to drugs.

That’s where calming supplements appeal to many horse owners. You’ll find a variety of such supplements on the market containing a number of ingredients reported to help the horse be quieter, less reactive, and more able to focus. The supplements come in powder, pellets, granular, paste, liquid, and sometimes as wafers. Depending on the form, they can be given to horse directly or during mealtime.

All calming supplements are not created equal. What worked for your friend’s nervous gelding may not make a noticeable difference on your spooky mare. This is when you need to talk to your veterinarian and do some homework. Check out ingredients and research their effect on the horse’s body. Online reviews posted about various products can be helpful, but calming products don’t work the same in every horse and they don’t work for all horses.

You should also consider the training background of a horse that is routinely nervous. Some horses get upset because they lack a solid foundation and don’t fully understand what the rider is asking them to do. If necessary, work with a professional trainer to make sure your horse has the training he needs.

If your horse has a “vice,” such as weaving, stall walking, or cribbing, a calming product may help but it’s not a cure. Stress and boredom can create stable vices, so, for your horse’s sake, you’ll want to search out the root cause of the stress and find ways to make changes for the better to his environment and/or routine.

Also with 4th of July quickly approaching, it may be a temporary solution for a temporary problem. Burns Feed Store has several options for you to help your horse focus or fear less. We suggest administering it at least a couple hours before the fireworks start to help ensure a calmer horse.

Benefits of RAW HONEY

Burns Feed Store carries local raw honey. We have lots of different sizes and flavors. Honey is one of nature’s purest foods and is far more than just a natural sweetener. It is a “functional food”, which means it is a natural food with health benefits.

Some of those health benefits include:

-High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids.

-Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or anti-fungal varies depending on the honey, but it’s clearly more than a folk remedy for these kinds of infections.

-Honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues. It’s proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, though, a common cause of stomach ulcers. It’s also a potent prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health.

-Have a cold? Try a spoonful of honey. Honey is an old sore throat remedy. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits you.
It also works as a cough suppressant. Research has suggested that honey is as effective as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medication. Just take one or two teaspoonfuls, straight.

-Did you know that consuming wild, raw, local honey may offer a gradual desensitization to your seasonal allergies?
Bees pick up the pollen from their environment. This is the same local pollen that may be contributing to your seasonal allergies. When you go to an allergy clinic and get multiple shots, you are actually slowly building up your tolerance to the specific allergens contained in the shot itself. Each time you visit, you are injected with more of the allergen. In some cases the allergy can be alleviated altogether, and you stop reacting to that specific allergen. Honeybees can offer this same benefit, without all the pricey shots!
It is important to consume raw, local honey because raw honey has not been treated, pasteurized, or processed in any way. When consuming raw honey, you reap the benefits of local pollen collected by the honeybees. No specific dosage of honey is proven to be the perfect amount, but a daily dose is preferred.
Honey has become very popular with athletes! It is a high-carbohydrate food. One tablespoon contains 60 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates of which 16grams comes from sugars. Consuming carbohydrates before and during exercise can help improve your performance.
Although honey is an affordable food, bees spend thousands of hours collecting pollen from around two million flowers to make one pound of pure honey. Raw honey has been used as medicine since ancient times. Come see us today and try some local honey!

Swine Deworming



Available at Burns Feed Store



Purina Nature’s Match Complete Swine Feed with Dewormer




Internal parasitic worms historically have been a significant threat to pig production.  Their negative impact on pig health is associated with poor growth and feed efficiency, increased time to market and reduced value of pork cuts at processing.  Worms of high economic impact include large roundworms, kidney worms, nodular worms and stomach worms.



Signs of internal parasites include scours, poor feed conversion, slow gains, coughing, un-thrifty appearance, pneumonia and even death in pigs with high parasite populations.



Nature’s Match Complete Swine Feed with Dewormer is a complete, Type C medicated feed.  It is formulated to provide 9mg of Fenbendazole when fed based on the feeding directions.  Fenbendazole is added for the control of lungworms, stomach worms, intestinal worms, roundworms, bankrupt worms, nodular worms, whipworms and kidney worms.


Feeding Directions:     Full feed as the sole ration for 9-12 days, based on pig weight.  See feed tag for details.


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