Harani & Deborah Webb
I began feeding Oestress to my mare at the beginning of the year as she was becoming increasingly nervous, agitated and generally ‘fidgety’ whenever I was handling or riding her. She was also getting very attached to the gelding in the next paddock and, as a result, was displaying very stressful behaviour when he was not there (cantering up and down the side of the paddock next to his for, sometimes, hours on end!!) not to mention, of course, being very distracted when I took her away from him for exercise etc. All of this behaviour was, I feel, making her miserable and anxious but, in addition, she was also becoming more-and-more dangerous to ride as she would either try to run off or explode into a fit of bucking at the slightest cause (e.g. another horse leaving the arena, going near a hedge, a bird moving in the bushes). In the end, a slight spook from another horse that was passing nearby was enough to set off one of these episodes of bucking and running. I realised that this was no longer acceptable and something had to be done so I opted to try Oestress to see if it would help. I gave her the liquid and after an initial settling period there was suddenly a huge change in her behaviour, almost like flicking a switch! One day I was thinking I cannot get on her in this agitated state and then the next I immediately knew that I could get on without any problem and be confident that she would be calm. Since then I have been able to do many things with her that I was always wary of, such as hacking out and riding next to the arena hedges with all kinds of noises and activity going on the other side and, apart from the odd moment, she has been so much more relaxed and contented which has given me enormous pleasure from being able to have the kind of horse I always wanted!!