Perfect Prep EQ Gold is a long acting focus and attitude formula for horses requiring support for extended periods of time. Scroll down for complete information.
Natural, safe, and effective, I have made giving PerfectPrep Gold on the night before a show, a ritual. In the morning, I've found that my horses are easier travelers, which makes loading safer and less stressful. Using the Gold in conjunction with the entire Perfect Prep Calming System, I have successful, stress free show days using a natural, legal product. I would 10/10 recommend anyone who trailers their horse to utilize Perfect Prep Gold the night before for safe, calm, no-hassle travels.
Perfect Prep formulas may be used individually or combined as a system for maximum support. Choose one formula per step leading up to performance.
Daily Support: Feed for Training at Home Daily Choose one of the following to feed every day to establish a baseline of improved behavior:
Perfect Harmony EQ
Effects Improves hormone-related behavior in geldings, mares and stallions.
Administer daily allowing 3 days for full response TIP: Continue feeding alongside pre-event formulas throughout performance days.
Effects wear off gradually
Effects Stabilizes blood sugar levels, relaxes muscles, slows the heart rate, and diminishes reactivity.
Administer daily allowing 3 days for full response TIP: Switch from Training Day to pre-event pellet formulas three days prior to performance.
Pre-Event Step 1: Prepare for Transport and Show Environment Choose one of the following to begin feeding 3 days prior to performance and during event:
Effects High powered and ethical calming pellet that includes pain relief and gastric support.
Administer daily beginning 4-6 feedings prior to performance
Sane & Sound Pellets
Effects Clear focus with pain relief and gastric comfort in a convenient pellet.
Pre-Event Step 2: Prepare for Performance Day Choose one of the following to administer the night before and morning of performance:
Effects Long acting calming, attitude and gastric formula for extended effect.
Administer night before & morning of performance
Effects last approximately 18 hours
Sane & Sound MAX Paste
Effects The most complete long acting paste! Addresses all three causes of equine anxiety: gastric distress, pain and overstimulation.
Administer 2 – 4 hours prior to performance
Effects last approximately 18 – 24 hours
Pre-Event Step 3: Make Them Show Ring Ready Choose one of the following to administer 90 minutes prior to performance:
Effects Original formula for focus and calming support just when you need it.
Administer 90 minutes prior to performance
Effects last approximately 6 hours
Effects Stronger focus calming support when it counts.
Effects Our most advanced quick acting paste! Takes the fresh out and refines focus without sacrificing movement.
Tips for Best Results Because every horse has unique challenges, we’ve created a system of calming formulas to help you bring the very best horse to your performance every time. Use Perfect Prep EQ Gold alone or as part of the Perfect Prep Calming System. We strongly encourage you to evaluate the effects Perfect Prep EQ before your event to find the best product or combination of products to suit your horse’s needs.
For an even greater calming effect, use Perfect Prep EQ Gold in combination with Perfect Prep EQ Extreme, Perfect Prep EQ Supreme and/or Perfect Prep EQ Training Day as part of the Perfect Prep Calming System.
Magnesium is an essential mineral in the horse that acts to stabilize the fright-flight reflex. It works on the cellular level in helping to allow insulin to store glucose and minimize the rapid changes in blood sugar that causes excitability. Magnesium in high levels is also effective at slowing the heart rate and relaxing muscles. Magnesium and Calcium, both essential minerals in the horse, are chemically very similar but have opposite effects at the cellular level: Calcium is primarily present outside the cell wall while magnesium is abundant inside the cell. Magnesium calms the nervous and cardio-vascular system; calcium excites nerves. Calcium is required for muscle contraction; magnesium causes muscle relaxation. In the performance equine, the additional stress created by training and performance causes an instant deficit in magnesium, and an over abundance of calcium, resulting in excitability, muscle cramps and stress overload.
Different forms of magnesium are absorbed in different parts of the digestive system. One of the benefits of the Perfect Prep EQ formula is that the appropriate magnesium compound is used in our formulas to produce optimum effect and quickly correct the imbalances in the calcium-magnesium ratio.
Taurine is a sulfonic acid. It is synthesized in the liver from Methionine and Cystine. As a neuromodulator Taurine is effective at regulating nervous system activity, preventing brain over activity and maintaining cell membrane stability. It is used in human therapies to help reduce nervousness and hyperactivity.
Taurine is also important in Potassium management in muscle cells, especially the heart, helping to maintain steady heart rates. Quick changes in blood sugar exacerbate excitability in horses. Taurine is used in Perfect Prep EQ formulas to stabilize blood sugar by potentiating insulin.
Inositol is a B vitamin that is required for proper formation of cell membranes. It is effective in Perfect Prep EQ formulas as a stabilizing element in the transmission of nerve impulses. Inositol provides an overall calming effect on the nervous system.
Thiamine is an essential B vitamin that is key in the digestion of polysaccharides. Large doses of thiamine are known to provide a high level of calming effect on the horse. Perfect Prep EQ products use effective levels of the most absorbable thiamine compounds to calm the nervous system and relax the horse.
Metaphan (gastric friendly seratonin and melatonin release blend) combines 2-amino-3- (5-hydroxy-1H-indol-3-yl) propanoic acid, a naturally occurring amino acid, with a gastric buffer to produce a gastric friendly relaxing effect.
Vitamin BeHave is a proprietary blend of B Vitamins that significantly boosts the calming effects of Gold.
Q: Does Perfect Prep contain any prohibited substances?
See FEICleanSport, USEF or AQHA Guidelines to learn more.
Q: Is the dosage amount the same for horses and ponies? A: Yes. The amount to administer does not vary by the weight of the horse or pony.
Q: Are Perfect Prep EQ Gold and Carolina Gold the same thing? A: No. Carolina Gold is an injectable that is banned because it contains the illegal substance GABA. Perfect Prep EQ Gold is nutritional management that does not contain GABA or any other illegal substances.
Q: What is the USEF’s stance on the legality of Perfect Prep? A: In a USEF Town Hall Meeting in June 2013, “When asked by an audience member about oral calming supplements such as Perfect Prep, Schumacher stated that giving a horse an oral supplement fell outside of USEF’s concerns for overmedicating with injectables. While USEF doesn’t advocate or endorse the use of specific supplements, an examination of the ingredients in Perfect Prep, for example, were found to be legal.”
Q: Can I use Perfect Prep EQ Gold with other calming formulas? A: Yes, Perfect Prep EQ Gold can be used safely in combination with any Perfect Prep EQ formula. It is best to combine with Perfect Prep EQ Training Day, Perfect Prep EQ Extreme and/or Perfect Prep EQ Supreme.
Q: Can I give half a tube of Perfect Prep EQ Gold for this show, and save the rest for my next show? A: Yes. Perfect Prep EQ pastes have a 2 year shelf life from the date of manufacture, and the “best before” date is printed on the end of the tube plunger. We recommend administering the remaining paste prior to the “best before” date.
Q: Can Perfect Prep hurt my horse? In over 1 million uses of Perfect Prep, there has never been an adverse reaction report made on any of our products in the history of our company. This is because Perfect Prep EQ products are formulated using only amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are found naturally in every horse. We suggest that you follow the feeding instructions on the label and to contact us if you have any concerns about the safety of our products.
Q: Which Perfect Prep product does my particular horse need? A: Every horse is unique and metabolizes our formulas differently. For many horses, Perfect Prep EQ Gold is more than enough to create a calm and focused animal. For others, it may take a combination of products to achieve the best effect. We encourage trying our formulas at home before your event to determine the best management for your particular horse.
Q: How does Perfect Prep compare to pheromone gel products? A: Pheromone gel products claim to work in the short term (lasting about 2.5 hours) by sending signals to the horse’s brain that mimic the signals a mare sends to her foal. These signals are thought to calm a nervous horse. Perfect Prep products work differently by providing vitamins and minerals that are shown to effectively create calmness in horses, while lasting about 6+ hours for Perfect Prep Extreme and Supreme, and up to 18+ hours with Perfect Prep Gold.
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