So my young gelding is a reactive type…but generally okay reactive (as in a bit hot, will spook some, but rideable, sweet, and gets it together once he has a chance to work/settle).
For the past year he has been on MVP Mag 5000 and SmartPak B1 supplement along with U-Gard. No major issues - very good through the summer…a bit hotter/spookier on windy days or when the farm is busier…but he’s 4 so nothing out of the ordinary for a hotter/sensitive youngster.
I reevaluated supplements about a month ago…so I switched him to GUT by Uckele thinking it had a better overall profile for GI support. Then about 2 weeks later I switched him from the Mg/B1 separate supplements to SmartCalm Ultra…since it had the same general ingredients and would be more cost effective.
Fast forward…I have a fire breathing dragon on my hands. He is out of his skin spooky and reactive…to the point I almost lost him on the lunge multiple times from having a complete melt down (at nothing on a warmer quiet day). Even in the turnout he just won’t settle and is all over the place (not normal). I gave him an ace tablet the one day…it didn’t even touch him (normally it makes him sleepy enough he’s tripping over his own feet). Stuff he never spooks at has him flagging his tail and bolting across the turnout (not like him). It’s definitely not just weather/cold/less work…and it has been building over the past two weeks to this point.
Has anyone had their horse get super crazy on either supplement? That’s the only thing in his life that has changed. I took him off both supplements 3 days ago (putting him back on the old supps)…he actually seemed a tiny bit better this morning. Going to give him a week or 2 to “detox” and see what I have. I had one mare that did this if she was on MSM, but these supplements didn’t seem to have anything in them that would trigger such as major personality change!