Abby Bunyard A. W. C. F. is the first Mini Horslyx Farrier Ambassador and has been using Mini Horslyx to help her trim and shoe nervous and difficult horses for over 10 years and finds it one of the quickest, simplest and friendliest ways to help handle those equines more stressed by shoeing.
Abby says that Mini Horslyx are ideal to help relieve stress in horses worried about shoeing as they create the perfect distraction from the process of trimming and shoeing by giving the horse or pony something else to focus on. The tasty Mini Horslyx encourages the horse to lick and so focuses on the product rather than on what the farrier is doing. This provides an instant distraction which is simple and very humane. The equine is fully aware of what is going on around it unlike sedation, and so over time may become desensitised to the farrier and need the distraction of Mini Horslyx less as time goes on.
A previous study with farriers found that over 80% of the farriers who trialled Mini Horslyx found it a helpful distraction for horses whilst being shod and over 90% would use Mini Horslyx as a distraction in the future.