It’s been 2 months since I was sent a tub of Hempine CBD to try and we have just finished the tub! So it feels like the perfect time to sit down and let you all know what I think about it.
What is CBD?
Just incase CBD is something completely new for you, CBD is one of the many active chemical compounds found in hemp. Unlike some of the other compounds found in this family of plants, it doesn’t produce a high.
Hempine CBD Products
Hempine started in 2018 producing the highest quality CBD products for the animals in our life; horses, dogs and cats. All of their products are 100% organic and are tested in a lab to make sure they have the correct levels of CBD. They offer CBD in liquid or powder from. The liquid form is typically better for quick and short lived effects. Whereas the powder form is better for stronger, longer term impact.
I was sent the 500g tub to try with Scottie. When Hempine first reached out asking if I would be interested in trying their product, I was particularly interested in the physical benefits of feeding CBD. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce pain and inflammation. This means it could help with Scottie’s arthritis and intermittent lameness from his loss of use tendon injury.
As I mentioned at the start of this review, this tub lasted us 2 months. This was feeding at the recommended level of 2 scoops twice a day. At £55 a tub, that makes it £27.50 a month for a Scottie sized horse. However, it is worth noting that every horse is different. Some might need a slightly higher dose, some might be fine with a lower dose. It really depends on the horse and what you are trying to treat with the CBD.
Did I see a difference?
So now onto the important bit, did I see a difference in Scottie after feeding him Hempine CBD? In short, yes.
I always find it very hard to comment on whether I see a physical improvement in Scottie or not after trying a supplement. Yes he has arthritis and yes, he has occasional mild lameness from his tendon injury. But on the whole, he is a sound and sturdy horse. He had his annual steroid injection in January for his hock arthritis, so he is still looking very good behind. So I wasn’t expecting to see much change in him behind at all.
I have not seen Scottie have a lame day since I started feeding him Hempine CBD. He has felt great to ride and while our riding has been a bit stop start recently, we are back trotting and we have been trotting on the roads. It is also worth pointing out that he is an absolute speed demon in the field! Every morning he gallops to the bottom of the field, slams on the breaks in the corner and generally just leaps around being silly. Trotting around the field on both the muddy and hard ground we have had recently, he has looked great.
While I can’t say that this lack of lameness is solely down to feeding the CBD, it feels positive to me. Especially when about 1 month in to trying it, we ran out of Devils Claw, another herbal supplement I have fed for it’s natural anti inflammatory properties. The last time we took a break from Devils Claw, we did have a lameness flare up. We never quite got to the bottom of this flare up as there were a few different factors, including being shod. But it was enough for me to not give Scottie a break from Devils Claw again. So I was pleased when he stayed sound with just the Hempine CBD.
CBD also has mental or behavioural benefits too. These are typically linked to reducing stress and anxiety. Now Scottie is not an anxious horse. He is generally pretty calm and chilled. But he does have your typical thoroughbred brain which means he can get tense and upset.
It’s hard to say if the CBD made a difference to his day to day behaviour as he is just so chill. And when he isn’t chill, there’s usually a good reason and even mild sedation struggles to take the edge off. So I really can’t say if this has made any difference to him in that sense.
However, we have had our first 2 hacks in YEARS! Scottie is not a brave hack at the best of times. He isn’t silly or stupid, just a wuss. He typically nervous jogs and looks at everything! In a group he hates being in the front and wants to let someone else go past all the scary things first. Scottie really surprised me. Our first hack was very joggy, but he was actually a lot better than I expected him to be. He wasn’t spooky, he was happy to lead the group most of the way and just seemed to really enjoy being out and about. Our second hack was even better, virtually no jogging, but lots of marching along in front. So I do feel that the CBD really helped to take the edge off.
Overall, I am pleased with the results I saw from feeding Hempine CBD and I think if your horse does have a long term mild lameness or stiffness that has been seen by a vet, the trying CBD is a great option before going to Bute every day. I also think there is a lot more research out there on the calming benefits of CBD than most other calmers on the market. So I also think it is worth a try if your horse is prone to stress or anxiety.
All of Hempine’s products are available on their website here. If you aren’t sure what to get or want a bit of advice, they are super helpful and will answer any questions you have.
Last Updated on 05/05/2023
I am keen to try your product, I am currently feeding chops bran to get the following supplements into my horse ie:
Glucosamine · MSM
From the list above what can I drop if using Hempine CBD powder please?
I don’t sell this myself, I just reviewed it. Reaching out the Hempine would be your best bet. But I think the answer really depends on what you are hoping to achieve with CBD.