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Independent Trial Summary

Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, Rome, Italy

Effect of three magnesium based feed supplements on inferred measures
of dopamine activity and cognition: a pilot study


H. Roberts, A. Stevenson and A. Hemmings*
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, UK
*andrew.hemmings@rau.ac.uk

Calming feed supplements containing magnesium as their primary ingredient are often fed to horses although little is known about their efficacy. In this study, magnesium when blended with botanical additives, altered indicators of brain activity associated with hyperactivity and stress, and there was evidence of reduced inappropriate responding which could lead to a more trainable disposition in the ridden horse.