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CoolStance copra is a unique horse feed because it has low Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC), and yet has a high digestible energy content.
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Excitable Equines

Horses that are stressed, excitable or nervous can be difficult and even dangerous to ride and handle.  But what causes a horse to be ‘hot’ and are calmative products really the answer for excitable equines?

Various factors can contribute to excitability in horses.  Diets high in starch - found in cereal grains - have been linked with excitability in horses.  Feeding dietary energy, in the form or sugar and starches, in excess of requirements can also contribute to hot behaviour.

Housing conditions and level of exercise also affect temperament and behaviour of horses.  When confined to stables, yards and paddocks, exercise and mental stimulation are limited, sometimes causing excitable and even aggressive behaviour.  Exposure to stressful situations and inappropriate training techniques can further exacerbate the problem.

Numerous supplements available on the market are claiming to have calmative actions.  They frequently contain Tryptophan (an amino acid).  However, little published, peer-reviewed scientific data has explored the efficacy and safety of tryptophan specifically in horses.  Rather the claims to calmative efficacy are applied from research conducted in non-equine species. Some studies with horses given tryptophan have actually reported increased excitability and reduced endurance capacity – which are obviously undesirable outcomes for both horse and rider. 

Better dietary design is a practical way of managing equine excitability.  Due to the association between high grain diets and hot behaviour, feeding less grain and more oil-rich and fibre-rich feeds - such as CoolStance™ coconut meal - may help prevent excitability.

NSC measures the Non-Structural Carbohydrates or total sugars and starches in animal feedstuffs, with the accepted safe NSC level in feeds 12%.  Levels above 12% can be fed, however the level of work must also increase. It is suggested that feeds containing >12% NSC can cause increased blood glucose levels, and over time the horse can lose sensitivity to insulin, becoming resistant to insulin which is linked with obesity.  Obesity and insulin resistance in horses have the same relationship as obesity and Type II diabetes in humans.

The NSC content varies considerably between the various horse feeds. Samples of horse feeds were sent to a lab for analysis, and the NSC levels are shown below. 

Better husbandry can also help to minimise excitable behaviour.  Horses should be provided with ample paddock time, low-stress training methods and be thoroughly acclimatised to potentially stressful situations wherever possible.

Commonsense dictates that the causes underlying excitable behaviour should be addressed before the aid of purportedly calmative products is sought. Diet manipulation, improved husbandry and better management provide practical options for preventing excessive equine excitability.