Confidence EQ – Pheromone Gel 10 x 5ml


A pheromone is a naturally occurring chemical that an animal produces used for intraspecies communication, which means that their presence automatically and predictably affects all members of the same species, regardless of age or gender.

Like many mammals, nursing mares naturally emit a calming pheromone that reassures their newborn foal. When the foal encounters unfamiliar situations and uncharted territory, this pheromone makes the foal feel comfortable, secure, and more self-assured, enabling them to better learn about their surroundings. ConfidenceEQ® is an identical replica of this horse appeasing pheromone. Numerous studies have been conducted since the equine appeasing pheromone was discovered, proving its effectiveness in reducing stress in conditions that occur frequently in horses of all ages.

Donal Duggan is delighted to add ConfidenceEQ® to the Duggan Veterinary Equine armoury, stating: “The ideal time to use ConfidenceEQ® is when you anticipate your horse will be exposed to something new which they may find stressful. ConfidenceEQ® helps reassure horses, helping them focus allowing them to use their own skills to cope with their surroundings and can be used to help build confidence in situations such as: Loading, travelling and recovery after arrival; Environmental changes (new yard, stabling) or competition environment; Social situations (weaning foals, meeting new horses); Dealing with loud noises (large crowds, thunderstorms, fireworks); Breaking young horses and introducing new exercises during training; Farrier, vet, or dental visits.”

Horses in these situations may show signs of stress such as pawing, vocalising, flared nostrils, kicking, lack of concentration, and resistance. These behavioural changes are due to an elevated cortisol level, which when prolonged, also triggers multiple physiological responses like increased heart rate and blood pressure, weakening of the immune system, cribbing, and digestive issues – all of which can develop into significant problems for owners, trainers, and veterinary practitioners.

ConfidenceEQ® is easy and quick to apply. There are no syringes, mixing food, pills or other uncomfortable application methods that can be difficult to administer or add stress to your horse. It takes effect in 30 minutes, lasts 2.5 hours, and can be reapplied as needed.