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AniMed Via Calm

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2 lb
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(32 day supply)


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5 lb
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(80 day supply)


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Product Summary:

AniMed™ Via Calm With Live Yeast Cultures
Please Note: Via Calm is formerly known as Vita Calm. We have been informed this was a name change only and not a formulation change. The item is undergoing a rolling packaging change so the label may look different online from what you receive.
Nutritional blend that includes a supplemental source of natural calming ingredients for anxious, restless or high strung horses.
  • Contains 1000mg l-Tryptophan, 500mg Thiamine, 20mg Calcium, and 2.5mg Magnesium
  • Also includes Yea-Sacc® 1026, which provides a source of live, naturally occurring beneficial micro-organisms to help promote the best possible digestion, help stabilize cecal and colon pH and encourages healthy digestion and gut stability
  • Available in 2 pound and 5 pound containers each packaged with scoop for easy feeding

Feed daily with feed ration 2 tbsp per 1000 lb body weight.
Feed 2 to 4 tbsp 3 to 4 hours prior to event.

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Style Item Number Model Number UPC
2 lb BWA59 002 90451 694244904516
5 lb BWA59 005 90452 694244904523

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Always use.
LINDA B on Jul 16, 2019
it works
EJ S on Dec 28, 2018
Always use.
LINDA B on Jul 16, 2019
Affordable and works in the short term.
Elizabeth H on Mar 17, 2019
it works
EJ S on Dec 28, 2018
My horse just lost his pasture bro-he moved to another town-and he has been calling and pacing-thought this might help.
CAROL R on Nov 5, 2018
I like AniMed products. I have two new horses that I want to help settle in.
JENNIFER Z on Jun 29, 2018
Helps to settle my nervous gelding.
JOY M on Apr 17, 2018
it works
ELISSA H on May 13, 2017
I've been giving it to a slightly nervous show mare and feel it has improved her disposition.
Connie H on Apr 25, 2017
to calm a mare
KELLY S on Jan 5, 2017
I use this for two of my horses. It takes the edge off my older but still spunky Arab and eases the occasional anxiety of my draft cross.
Elizabeth M on Nov 28, 2016
economical calming supplemenrt
Deborah H on Nov 28, 2016
We are not able to ride every day. I want a calm horse when headed out to the trail when my horse has not been ridden in a few days/weeks.
Holly W on Nov 26, 2016
takes the edge off of nervous horses and helps them to focus
DIANNE F on Nov 5, 2016
Thought this would help calm my mare down but see just a slight change in mood. She really doesn't like the grainyness of the supplement. I didn't read the description correctly and thought I was going to receive pellets. I will continue to use this until I receive my other choice in calming supplements. Hope that I will find something so I won't be so afraid to ride her.
EUGENIA R on Jul 25, 2016
It really helps to calm my horses on those windy and chilly days! It makes for a much better ride.....
DONNA H on Jul 16, 2016
My mares are a little hotter bred and Via Calm helps them to maintain focus during training, exercising, and riding.
Denise K on May 30, 2016
My horse is a freakishly high alert horse. This has helped take the edge off so he can focus on me instead of the monsters in the corner of the arena.
Allessa F on Mar 7, 2016
As proud owners of a thoroughbred mare, in the winter she gets a little bored and testy, everyone just stays a bit happier on this, until good weather comes and she can be worked more regularly.
LISA M on Mar 2, 2016
I have an OTTB gelding and an Oldenburg gelding that stress. It has high levels of calcium and magnesium...pretty much the same as the ulcer supplement. I'm not sure if it's their tummies that bother them, or just their nature. This seems to help.
SHARON S on Oct 31, 2015
Wanted to try this to see if it has a little more kick for everyday riding around the bridle path as my gelding is new to the area. Cannot use for show but reasonable price so thought I would try it out.
PAM T on Sep 3, 2015
calming my mare
Corinna A on Jul 22, 2015
this product works great on 2 out of my 3 horses, one mare who is always in season and my stud. Brings my hot barrel mare to a place where she is able to focus on me and wait for my cues.
NICOLE T on Jul 7, 2015
I like this to make sure they are getting the vitamins they need-plus calming suppliments <br />as they are Arabs-and is a safe coolant
Curleysue111 on Apr 19, 2015
really settles a horse down
GARY D on Apr 9, 2015
Evens out my mare's moodiness when she's in heat and aids digestion. She used to coli 2 times a year. Hasn't since I started using this product.
MARIE V on Mar 29, 2015
We like this supplement to help with attitude of one of our horses that seems for no reason to have an attitude.
Marcia C on Mar 23, 2015
My horse is young and gets a bit excitable, works excellent to keep him focused on what we are doing.
Catherine C on Feb 9, 2015
Love Animed products!! Great value and they work!!
JANE F on Dec 15, 2014
Trying for first time. Reviews look promising. Will keep you posted.
Terri Lynn G on Nov 25, 2014
I have a mare who is an easy keeper, slightly over weight and high strung....the minerals in this product help with calming her nerves,and with the abdominal weight.
Margaret G on Nov 17, 2014
I have used this product before and loved the results I got with my very hot performance horse. We did a rodeo grand entry after being on this for 3 weeks and mine was the only horse that stood quietly.
KRYSTAL F on Nov 4, 2014
My other paint mare with DSLD just isn't happy to see the farrier, the vet . So I this might help quiet her on those days
philip c on Oct 22, 2014
It works to calm my hyper horse...:)
Michaela R on Oct 7, 2014
Price and need.
Ted on Aug 31, 2014
To keep my jittery 6yr TWH calm and focused. Hope it works!
MELODY B on May 27, 2014
This is the only thing that has ever worked to calm my mare down. She gets really nervous about hauling... She'd be soaking with sweat after her ride, this really takes the edge.
Dany Mellette G on May 22, 2014
To keep my rescue OTTB mare CALM!
ELIZABETH D on May 19, 2014
Reccomended by friend
DELBERT M on May 1, 2014
This is a product my daughter wanted to try on her young mare who is born and bred to run to try and calm her down when she is away from the barn and expected to perform. She just started using it and sees no changes so far.
CYNTHIA W on Apr 16, 2014
Based on the reviews I decided to try it.
Faith P on Apr 13, 2014
I have also used this product if/when I run out of Vision & also works good on my 2 higher strung mares! I am pleased with it & price or it is good also.
LEANN P on Apr 11, 2014
I like the ingredients, quality of the product and the price.
KAREN D on Apr 1, 2014
Great product, 100% USEF/USEA/USDF legal - but get the dosage right! You need 2 big scoops for a 1200lb horse to really notice the effects.
Eden R on Mar 30, 2014
Love the way it helps my mare.
LISA W on Mar 30, 2014
have been using for 6 months now and like it
BRENDA C on Mar 25, 2014
Seems to work on my fidgety racking gelding.
LYNN S on Mar 1, 2014
very effective
CONNIE R on Feb 28, 2014
great product for our OTTB after 6 months of layup
Tobin R on Feb 26, 2014
Looking for an affordable way to help with a horse that is very reactive.
LORIE M on Feb 21, 2014
Have a rescue horse needing gentle calming help. Hope it works!
BARBARA E on Feb 15, 2014
Affordable and works in the short term.
Elizabeth H on Mar 17, 2019
My horse just lost his pasture bro-he moved to another town-and he has been calling and pacing-thought this might help.
CAROL R on Nov 5, 2018
Safe for mares in foal?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi there! We recommend speaking with your veterinarian to ensure the safety and health of your horse.
Hi am thinking about showing my arabian in 4h she is a little bit prancy sometimes will this help?
A shopper on Mar 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Because the ingredients include l-Tryptophan (which is not allowed in many competitions) I wouldn't use this on a show horse. I would first check out your horse's diet and make sure she's not getting more energy than she needs. Very few horses actually need any grain in their diets, for instance. My own Arabians always got too hot on even a little bit of alfalfa. Good quality grass hay should be all your horse needs.

I do like this product and use it with my Arabian, but I don't show him. It has calmed his very nervous, spooky disposition to where he reacts more like a normal horse to most things. But I didn't try a supplement until I realized that diet and (years of) retraining weren't going to solve my particular horse's problems.
A shopper on Sep 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The effects on my horse have been that he is no longer explosively reactive to stimuli. This, I believe, is the intended main effect. He is otherwise responsive, alert, and not at all sluggish. However, I'm certain that the effects will vary among individual horses.

It took about two weeks for this product to show any effect on my horse. I've been giving him a daily maintenance dose for several years now because of his innate extreme reactions to anything and everything (methodical desensitization training was not working). We pleasure ride only--no competition. He still spooks, but he doesn't go into a blind panic like he used to.
Would this product help a nervous horse enter a gate at a horse show?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have been using this calming supplement on my OTTB for two years now. He was such a bundle of nerves that riding him was not very pleasant. When I moved him to a new barn he started spooking at all kinds of things, especially things on the ground. He wouldn’t walk over a hose, jumped over tire tracks, and even spun out when he saw a pile of manure in the ring. After having his eyes checked by a vet, a friend suggested Via Calm, which she used for years on her horse. I now have my sweet horse back and riding is fun again. I don’t know why he became so spooky, but this stuff works. I recently took him off it for a week to see how he would do, and he was miserable again. Two scoops every morning works for him. I don’t show, but Via Calm isn’t expensive and it’s well worth a try for your horse.
How often can you give the Via-Calm? My gelding is going through trouble separation anxiety from losing pasture buddy.
Susan W on Oct 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I started my gelding out on two of the little scoops a day, one in am, one in pm, or both at same time in his sweet feed ration. After 7 to 10 days I tapered it back to one scoop daily. If needed it can be giving as an extra dose if you have something coming up that you would like him to be calm for, show event, vet call, dental work, etc. But you do have to do this dose abt 3 to 4 hrs before your event for it to be at full effect. I have never noticed any side effects and I have fed it to several horses over the years. Works really good for mares on a daily basis!
My former driving horse circles his stall constantly. I was wondering has anyone else used this product for that problem?
Loretta O on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sounds like he needs work, or a bigger place. I have a Shetland/QH cross who was weaned and left all alone in her stall with various eating and drinking times that left her emaciated and dysfunctional. When she came to me at 15 months, we started her on a tsp a day in pony nuts moister with 1 T. Cocosoya oil; she has had this daily for 6 years. It keeps her calm. She has 2 1/2 acres of pasture and huge paddocks, too, so I can't say if it will help your horse. I hope at least a wee bit.
Better response to feed every day or just before event?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We used this product daily with a mare that tended to be easily distracted while being ridden. She also seemed to have increased anxiety when in heat. This supplement did not impair her performance in any way. However, it did make her a little more attentive and calm in general. It also eased her "mare in heat" behavior somewhat. We did not have a big event to use it for.. However, using it everyday to help her attend improved her learning during training and thus her riding performance.
Is VIA calm safe where it can be used everyday on a horse?
Also, I show APHA shows, would my horse pass drug testing, if I use this product? Thank you!
Candace on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've fed it to my horse daily for more than a year and have noticed no side-effects. Some of the ingredients are not allowed by many competition rules, so I suggest reading a current comprehensive list of substances banned by your organization and comparing it with the ingredient list. I have no intention of ever showing or competing with my horse, but if I did, I wouldn't use this, or any other supplement that changes his natural behavior.
can you please send me the full ingredients of Animed via calm? thanks - MaryAnn
MaryAnn S on Nov 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here is a link to the product label:
Can I give this to my gelding with his normal vitamins or is that exceeding anything that could prove dangerous?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I gave it to my mare just before farrier and vet visit Never gave it with anythig else . I"m not vet but I think you should check with him first. The product did work well for me. Calmed her down and never had any side effects
Other than double the tryptophan and big cost difference, what sets Ulcer Aid apart from Via Calm ? Would Via-Calm essentially provide the same benefits as Ulcer Aid or Ulcer Gard?
Tina M on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Please contact our customer service department and we would be more than happy to assist you!
how does this do for a hot gaming mare?
tater-tot on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have used this product on some hot Arabians before with success. After exhausting efforts of regular work, desensitizing, and using natural horsemanship and good Horsemanagement. Addressing training, mare issues, and nutrition are important factors, as well as vet care. This product works well, and I would recommend it.
I have a 20-24 yr old Appy gelding. Has had diarrhea issues since I rescued him several years ago. Per Vet we've tried, hay change, feed change, Metro tabs, Probios, SmartGut, Sandrid. Thought it was stress related because of younger gelding in pasture bothering him, but sold the other gelding. He was dry for about a month. Then started again. It was mostly during the winter, until other gelding was with him. Now thinking it may be stress because of weather? Thinking of trying Vita-Calm to see if it helps. Any thoughts from anyone?
DEBRA B on Nov 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My 16-yr old Lipizzan/Connemara cross gets diarrhea from magnesium, so any product (most calming products contain magnesium) will create this problem for him. It could be the same issue with your horse. Hay also has a lot to do with this type of problem, so soft, grassy hay, may help, as well as a visit from the dentist. I had to discontinue Vita-Calm because of the diarrhea issue caused by the magnesium, but it worked well for calming him.
Can you use with a joint supplement? I'm using Dumor to help my mare.
A shopper on Sep 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm not a vet I would think it is ok. My vet had me give this to my young Arab when he injured his foot. I wouldn't say it makes him significantly calmer if there is something specific bothering him but it does reduce his pacing and takes the edge off of his tendency to get upset.
how long does a dose last?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It really depends on the horse's metabolism and size and frequency of dosage. Here are the instructions from the product label:
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Horses of all classes
and ages 1 to 2 tablespoons per 1000lbs body
weight daily. Or 2 to 4 tablespoons 1/2 to 1 hour
prior to an event which may create excitement or
stress. The large end of the enclosed scoop
measures 1 tablespoon (approx. 1/2oz). Or, as
recommended by a veterinarian.
Is this legal for FEI shows?
nanook on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: As far as I know any supplement that affects a horses performance is not allowed. There is a list that may be helpful to you. Check FEI. org They have a list that you can download that has all the allowable/controlled/banned meds/supplements on it.
Which product would you recommend for a qtr. horse that internalizes - especially when trailer loading (even though he has been trained and trailered for yrs.) and going out into unfamiliar trails - Vita-calm or Confidence EQ?
A shopper on May 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I use Vita-Calm on my QH mare who is great in an arena but is a little nervous on unfamiliar trails and I trail ride a lot.. This product seems to help a little as long as I give it to her a couple of hours before we go and the full amount directed on label. You might as well try it as it's not that expensive and see if it works on your horse. Smart Pak also has some good calming products. Hope this has been helpful.
good for hypp horse? safer than using corn syrup for hypp horse?
A shopper on Oct 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Don't know anything about corn syrup - other than sugar (i. e. corn syrup) makes people hyper, why would you give that to a "hypp" horse? We used Vita-Calm for a horse on 8 wks stall rest. VC took the edge off but horse was still excitable. Needed something stronger so tried Platinum Tranquility (Expensive!) which 1- has a restriction: can use for only 8 days, and 2 - importantly, did no better than VC. We went back to using VC. After his turnout and riding resumed, before we stopped VC, it actually made him sleepy and he started taking a lay-down nap in the afternoon.
is this a powder or pellet?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is a powder. I have been using this product along with the ulc-r-aid for a few years now for my gelding who treated a few years ago for stomach ulcers. I can not say enough good things about these products. I also use the vita-calm for a few of my other horses. Both products are very palatable. I think these are great products at a great price. A friend also started giving her mare vita-calm last year and was amazed at the results. A definite thumbs up!
Does this product work if you only give it to them just before say, trailer loading or trail riding? or must you feed it to them daily for it to work?
bill j on Feb 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does. It's not a sedative, won't put them to sleep, but takes the edge off. Kicks in in about 20-30 minutes. I love this profuct and have used it for over 3 years