The most complete solution for pre-event anxiety. Addresses the three causes of equine anxiety: gastric distress, pain and overstimulation. Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound combines calming support, soundness support and gastric comfort in easy-to-feed pellets to create a show ready horse or pony. Scroll down for complete information.
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.
Feed 2 scoops (80g) with AM and PM feed, with a feeding 4 hours prior to event. For late day performances a mid-day feeding is suggested. Effects begin after 1 feeding and peak after 4 to 6 feedings. Continue as needed during performance days. 1 scoop = 40 grams. 1 scoop is considered 1 dose.
Tips for Best Results For maximum effect, the last feeding of Sane & Sound should fall 4 hours prior to performance time. (Pre-event lunch feeding might be a good idea.) For an extra boost of calming support, administer Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound the night before and morning of performance (ideally at least 2 – 4 hours prior to performance time).
Amino Acid Complex, Magnesium, DL-Phenylalanine, Inositol, Glycine, Taurine, Thiamin, Leucine, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine and Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin
Amino Acid Complex contains peptides that are anti-inflammatory as well as gastro-friendly. It also may encourage a calm attitude.
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.
PP1 (proprietary blend of DL-Phenylalanine and L-Leucine) utilizes a well-studied and documented “pathway to comfort” that creates endorphin production to relieve pain and instill a feeling of wellbeing. It avoids the well-known side effects of veterinarian prescribed comfort medications and helps produce a focused, relaxed horse.
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.
Glycine is a proteinogenic amino acid that has been shown in studies to produce a calming effect on the brain. Glycine also has a positive impact on attention and memory in humans. Additionally, Glycine is composed of amino and hydroxyl ions which have an antacid effect and help to buffer the stomach.
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.
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.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) are B Vitamins that significantly boost the calming effects of Sane & Sound.
Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin has anti-inflammatory properties, wound healing properties and may help improve digestion.
Q: Does Perfect Prep contain any prohibited substances? A: As leaders in the management and preparation of top performance horses, we create the most effective formulas while avoiding all prohibited substances. Perfect Prep EQ products are formulated using only amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are found naturally in every horse.
See FEICleanSport, USEF or AQHA Guidelines to learn more.
Q: Can I administer Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound pellets every day? A: Perfect Prep Sane & Sound pellets were designed to be used pre-performance when your horse is under increased stress, as the formula contains targeted ingredients that are cumulative with repeated administration. They are safe to be used daily, however we recommend Perfect Prep EQ Training Day, as this formula was designed specifically for every day use.
Q: Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound lists gastric support in the ingredients. Can Sane & Sound be used as a complete gastric support formula? A: Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound contains gastric buffers to offset the gastric upset that may occur while your horse is under increased stress. It is not intended to replace your daily digestive support product, such as GastroEase.
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: Can I use Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound with other calming formulas? A: While administering Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound alone is quite effective, it can be used safely in combination with any Perfect Prep EQ formula. It is best to combine with Perfect Prep EQ Gold or Perfect Prep EQ Supreme.
Q: Should Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound replace Perfequin or GastroEase in my horse’s management program? A: No. Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound is primarily a calming formula. Select comfort and gastric ingredients are included to enhance the calming effects, as discomfort and gastric upset often play a role in contributing to a horse’s anxiety.
Perfequin contains a variety of comfort enhancing ingredients in addition to those found in Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound. GastroEase also contains gastric soothing agents, tissue regenerators and digestive enhancement in addition to the acid neutralizers found in Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound. So while some of the ingredients may be redundant, Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound is not intended to replace either of these products in your horse’s management program.
Q: Can I use Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound with other Perfect Products formulas? A: Perfect Prep EQ Sane & Sound may be used with any of our formulas, including GastroEase, Lactalex, Perfequin, Joint Impact and ProtEQtor.
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: 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: 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.
Q: What is your return policy for this product? A: We are unable to accept returns of opened product. If you are purchasing this formula for the first time, please consider purchasing the smallest container for evaluation.
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