Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
“Valerian” type horses are regarded as processing their stress through their muscles. They tense up when frightened and the rider will feel it underneath the saddle and in their work, but bystanders may be completely unaware of it. If a “Valerian” type horse becomes completely over pressurized by a situation it may well explode and end up bucking, rearing or bolting. “Valerian” type horses often have very hard stools — so the valerian furthermore suits them because it is a mild laxative. It is contra-indicated for any horse that has diarrhoea. Valerian is a banned substance under competition rules.
Dose: 15g dried root daily.