Evaluating the effectiveness of varying doses of supplemental tryptophan as a calmative in horses
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Tryptophan (Trp), the amino acid precursor to serotonin, is a common ingredient in many commercial equine calming supplements. However, there is little scientific research to support the efficacy of tryptophan at modifying horse behavior. The objective of this study was to examine how various doses of tryptophan supplementation impacted reactive behavior and physiological stress measurements in the horse. Eleven horses (9 geldings, 2 mares) were given four treatments—0 mg Trp/kg bodyweight (CON), 20 mg Trp/kg bodyweight (LOW), 40 mg Trp/kg bodyweight (MED), and 60 mg Trp/kg bodyweight (HIGH)—in ...