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post #1 of 2 Old 09-07-2012, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sudden burst of Irribility ???

I was with my thoroughbred mare for several hours, gave her some light work and with a few hours later I fed her her normal feed with no changes in it. BUT after leaving her stalled a tad longer than normal. I was busy feeding the other horses at the farm and couldn't let her out when she was finished. Well when I went to let her out I noticed she was pacing and snorting a lot. I walked in to check on her and she spooked at me. Jumping to side and moving away, I figured "Oh i must have startled her" But when I approached again, after allowing her to collect her senses, she trotted away from me out the stall and into the pasture. She was VERY irritable grumpy what ever you would like to call it. So I checked for gut sounds (thinking maybe she is starting to collic) she has nice gut sounds Loud and noticeable. She was not happy that I was trying to do these things. Mind you my mare has never acted like this before. She is usually well behaved and listens to me. Now about two months ago I stopped having the vet administer a cycle (I'm guessing it was a suppressant, it was birth control for mares) I'm wondering IF she is starting to have a server relapse into the AWFUL mood changes she had before I put her on the "horse birth control"

Her mood swings were so bad I thought that I had a stallion not a mare. She has no wounds that would suggest and animal bite. It was just SO sudden, one minute shes my usually sweety the next she wanted NOTHING to do with me. I have noticed that she seems to be more "frisky" when night rolls around, I'm starting to wonder what in the world is happening to my mare. I don't get to experience a lot of night time attitude. If its not medical I am wondering if someone (a neighbor) is abusing her at night. I have noticed bruising on her but I just thought it was the other mares (well the 3 year old mean little thing of a mare)

Anyone experienced something like this before? Sudden Mood change for practically No reason?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-08-2012, 09:32 AM
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I would think the suplement the vet was administering has worn off and all traces of it have left your horses body so her hormones are 'rageing' again. Thinking this through logically, she would have had 2 seasons in the 2 months (mares cycle every 3 weeks) but her first one after the suplement was taken away wouldn't have been so dramatic because there would still have been traces of whatever chemical there was in her body. Now there is no supressant to your mares hormones, she may well just go back to her old hormonal marish ways :/

Its not strictly speaking natural for mares to have to cycle through an entire breeding season. In the wild they would most likely be covered on their 1st or 2nd cycle and be pregnant for the rest of the year- steady hormone levels. Most mares are fine but some don't cope very well constantly cycling and constantly having hormone changes, hence why they're stroppy and 'mareish'

Do you know if it was a hormone suplement or herbal one? It sounds like it was a hormone being given if it was 'birth control'? I guess like the pill for humans. You could try a herb suplement to try to control any dramatic hormone swings. I know there are some suplements that specifically target moody mares that are herbs, not hormones, like NAF Oestress - Natural Animal Feeds (Don't know any American brands, soz)

Why did the vet take her off the suplement? Perhaps its worth talking to him about having a marble put in her uterus so the body thinks its pregnant and stops cycling all together?

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