Dressage is a sport about detail. For international dressage competitors Steffen and Shannon Peters, attention to these details contributes to the beauty of their performances, and helps their horses stand out among the best.
The Peters are constantly researching new information and are interested in providing the best possible care for their horses. It is this research that led Shannon to SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program in late summer 2005.
Reading about the product in national magazines and speaking with those who had direct experiences with SUCCEED, Shannon was eager to try the product. In September, 2005, she placed three of their top international horses on SUCCEED
– Marlando, Floriano and Luxor. Shannon didn’t share with Steffen which horses were being fed SUCCEED, making the trial truly a blind test for him.
This would be a difficult trial for SUCCEED as well. Marlando, Floriano and Luxor are three horses often found at the top of the world’s toughest dressage competitions and they – as with all of the Peters’ horses – are meticulously managed for optimum health and performance. Could SUCCEED make a difference for these successful competitors?
“I am constantly trying new things and I was hopeful that SUCCEED would be a good product for our horses,” said Shannon. “But, I didn’t expect to see the quality of changes that I have seen in their coats, weight and particularly in their trainability.”
After starting the horses on SUCCEED, Shannon noted an overall improvement in relaxation at home almost immediately. Within three months, changes were so obvious that Steffen was able to identify which horses were on SUCCEED. Trainability, relaxation and the ability to work longer were all apparent.
“With SUCCEED our horses are consistently trainable and relaxed both at home and at shows,” Shannon said. “That’s very helpful in regulating what we do with the horses. They are still bright and focused, and we can start working the hot horses longer.”
“Trainability has absolutely been the biggest factor for us – the three horses we tested SUCCEED on were particularly hot horses, as those at the top of their sports tend to be. We definitely saw improvement in attitude, weight and coat. ”
After six months, the benefits continue to impress Shannon and Steffen. “We just returned from a training session at Brookside, and both Floriano and Luxor were as relaxed and supple as they have ever been. Never in a million years would I think Luxor would take that kind of pressure. This is the best single product we’ve ever used on our horses, by far!”