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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sweet Relief safe?

Yes. Sweet Relief contains nothing but B vitamins in a magnesium oxide base. It is quite difficult to overdose on B vitamins - for example some human supplements contain many times the RDA for some B vitamins. The body has to be able to cope with large fluctuations in B vitamin levels as the levels of bacteria that produce these B vitamins in the gut go up and down. The quantities in Sweet Relief are similar to those naturally produced in a horse's gut so are nowhere near high enough to cause an overdose.

How long does it take to see an effect with Sweet Relief?

Our experience and that of our customers suggests that it can take as much as 60 days to see the full effect although some horses show results much faster than that.

Could my horse become allergic to Sweet Relief?

No. The magnesium oxide base contains no proteins for the immune system to attack and the B vitamin active ingredients are normal parts of the body's biochemistry.

I feed my horse twice per day. Should I split the Sweet Relief over the two feeds?

Yes. While Sweet Relief will work for most horses when fed once per day, a better result may be obtained by putting half the Sweet Relief in the morning feed and half in the evening feed. This is because B vitamins aren't stored very effectively in the body.

Can I feed a larger amount that that recommended on the pack?

Within reason, yes. There is certainly no theoretical reason why feeding a slightly higher amount should cause problems. However, because the normal amount is close to what a horse needs in the first place, feeding a lot more is unlikely to have a significant further effect. Where Sweet Relief is giving some improvement but not enough, we would recommend increasing to a maximum of 3 times the standard amount . If that does not give any further improvement, reduce back to the initial amount.

Is Sweet Relief safe to use with other supplements?

Yes, so long as those supplements don't contain high quantities of B vitamins (which few other products do). We also suggest reducing the amount of any other supplement that contains high quantities of magnesium - especially where Sweet Relief is being used at above the standard amount.

I already feed brewer's yeast - should I stop feeding that when starting with Sweet Relief?

Brewer's yeast contains a good mix of B vitamins (apart from not containing B12) but not at massively high levels. For example, one analysis of brewer's yeast I looked at suggested that a typical 30g serving would provide around 1mg of vitamin B1 (although there is potentially a big variation between different types of yeast and also depending on how it has been processed and stored). The recommended daily allowance of B1 for a 500kg horse is around 30mg, so the brewer's yeast is unlikely to do much in relation to B1. Some of the other B vitamins are a little higher but still relatively low in real terms. Brewer's yeast does seem to help some horses which suggests that in some cases even these low levels can be beneficial - but for other horses, higher levels are needed .

That said, where brewer's yeast has helped, I'd suggest continuing with it alongside Sweet Relief. That's because the brewer's yeast will supply some B vitamins that aren't in the Sweet Relief and, even at low levels, this may be beneficial. There's certainly no risk of brewer's yeast causing problems when fed with Sweet Relief because for those vitamins that are in Sweet Relief, the brewer's yeast only provides a tiny additional contribution.

Is the product legal for competition purposes?

Yes. Sweet Relief does not contain any ingredient that is listed in the FEI prohibited substances list.

What about the magnesium content?

One 10ml scoop of Sweet Relief provides around 2g of magnesium. It is normally very safe to feed at least 6g of extra magnesium per day to a 500kg horse so even if you're feeding 3 scoops per day of Sweet Relief, this should be fine.

However, if you're already feeding a supplement that contains high levels of magnesium, adding Sweet Relief in (especially at more than the standard amount) might mean your horse is getting too much magnesium. I'd recommend reducing the amount of any such supplement accordingly. For example, if you're feeding 10g per day of magnesium oxide to a 500kg horse - that already provides around 6g of magnesium. So if you want to feed one 10ml scoop per day of Sweet Relief, you'd want to reduce the amount of magnesium oxide to around 7g per day. If you were feeding three 10ml scoops of Sweet Relief, that would provide enough magnesium that you wouldn't need to feed the magnesium oxide separately at all.

Quite a few products on the market now contain added magnesium. Many (for example most balancers) don't contain enough magnesium to be a problem when fed with Sweet Relief. However, some (for example some calmers) may contain high levels of magnesium and hence you may need to reduce the amount of them if using with Sweet Relief - especially if you're using Sweet Relief at above the standard amount.

If you do accidentally feed too much magnesium to your horse, the first sign is that the droppings become loose. If that happens, check how much magnesium you're supplementing in total and reduce as necessary.