The temperament of a horse depends on the character. The character of a horse can not be changed but busy horses that are quite nervous and stressed can get better with a custom ration. A ration with less easily digestible energy combined with more fat results in less temperament.
Temperament of horses
American research has shown that the temperament of horses depends on their ration. On a ration with very easily digestible carbohydrates, some horses were much more restless and harder to handle than the same horses on a ration with a lot of fat.
The fast energy from the ration of oats can raise certain hormone levels where a horse can get busy. An important factor in the ration of a stressed horse is sufficient roughage, so some of the concentrates can be replaced by Lucerne-mix. Lucerne mix contains more vitamins and minerals than hay and silage and is hence often an excellent concentrates substitute.
Light work requires a small addition to Balance Structuurmuesli. If the horse still needs more energy to do heavy work, you can feed the Energy Special cereal mix without oats to keep your horse a little quieter. Another alternative is the feeding of vegetable oil (for example sunflower oil) as an energy source in the ration. A fatty ration generally also causes less temperament.
Providing adequate movement is also a mean of losing excess energy.