Nervousness & Behaviour

Nervousness & Behaviour


Horses can suffer from nerves just like humans. Some horses are more susceptible than others due to their genetics and training, among other things. Stress isn’t always a bad thing. Both horses and people need to be a little tense to perform at their best. If they feel under pressure constantly and cannot shake off the tension, however, this is likely to affect their health. Provide sufficient exercise, an enjoyable environment and make deliberate nutritional choices. Your horse’s diet has an enormous impact on its level of anxiety and behaviour.


These signs occur to different degrees. Obvious, easily recognisable signs include loud snorts, showing the whites of the eyes or nervous pacing. Stereotypical behaviour such as crib-biting, weaving, box-walking and wind-sucking, a faster pulse and breathing rate, tension during training and frequent defecation are more subtle, but also valuable signs. To reduce your horse’s tension, first try adapting its daily environment, diet and management. 

There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" product

Recognising the type of calming product you require is the most important step - because not all products are suitable for all horses. We also need to recognise that some horses do not respond to any supplement solution at all.

Spooky - sees things that aren't there. Hears things a million miles away. Overreacts to situations. Then consider Cavalor SoZen.

Hot / Sharp - For most horses a magnesium based supplement is the answer and the use of magnesium is scientifically proven to work. Check out Cavalor Calm for regular use or Cavalor Take it Easy for the most stressful situations.

Mare or Stallion Behaviour - Cavalor Venus is your product.

Emergency! - Then carry a tube of Cavalor Take it Easy Forte