Are you looking for help for your moody mare?
Nature provides a medicine chest for moody mares. Mares get a bad rap and very often when we look at our mares with “marish” behavior we don’t necessarily relate it to the human symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrom, but actually it’s very similar. Just like humans, mares can suffer from hormonal issues which can cause very unpleasant behaviour. In fact it can be quite dangerous if not well managed. Squealing, biting, kicking and general moodiness on a cyclic basis is a possible sign that your mare is suffering from hormonal issues.
Tips for Understanding Your Moody Mare
1. A normal mare comes into season in the spring and summer and not in winter and exhibits all or none of the following behavior changes when in heat: being difficult, frisky, awkward, cranky, distracted, dull, unresponsive and domineering. Also squealing, frequently peeing, upholding her tail, spreading legs, crouching and having a winking vulva.
2. The length of a horse’s cycle is 21 days and there are 7 frisky months with cycles and 5 quiet months with no cycles.
3. Signs of heat may be more obvious when stallions are around. Quiet shy mares generally show fewer signs of heat, dominant mares greater signs of heat. Stress also tends to lessen signs of heat.
4. An abnormally moody mare – abnormally hormonal – exhibits the following signs: in heat more often than normal or has cycles in the winter, difficult to tack up, unable to take part in competitions, too difficult to manage when in heat even with good management practice and upsetting all the other horses in the paddock.
5. Hormonal imbalance is often the cause of moody mare abnormal behaviour which may be caused by over-eating plants like clover and legumes containing chemicals which mimic hormones. But the more likely causes are man- introduced and not part of the horse’s natural environment. Polycarbonate plastics can strongly affect hormones and are used in drinking water containers. Many foods are packed full of hormones and even oats and carrots contain some estrogen Some people believe ingredients such as soya can cause problems.
6. Herbal supplements are a great way of helping your moody mare maintain normal levels of comfort and calm. But a hormonal soother should not be used in pregnant mares and those due to conceive.
Mother Nature to the Rescue
Again just like people the symptoms can be quite painful and cause your moody mare to be quite upset. The symptoms appear approximately two weeks before the menstrual period begins but luckily nature has provided some wonderful herbs designed to help regulate the hormones and can help reduce a lot of the pain and anxiety associated with this condition.
Black Cohosh is used primarily as a nutritional supplement for hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness and other symptoms that can occur during menopause, as well as for menstrual cramps and bloating.
Blue Cohosh has also been used for a variety of menstrual problems such as heavy, painful periods and lack of periods. It is considered a uterine stimulant in most circumstances because it improves uterine muscle tone. But blue cohosh also has an antispasmodic effect on cramps.
Don Quai is a popular herb for treating menstrual disorders like cramping, irregular cycles and premenstrual syndrome. Its notoriety in treating reproductive system problems is likely due to non-estrogen active ingredients, like ferulic acid, which relieves painful menstruation, reduces spasms, and has a sedative effect on the uterus.
Raspberry Leaf improves uterine health and function, which can relieve some symptoms of PMS, such as cramps. Raspberry leaf also possesses tannins which provide the herb’s astringent properties. Tannins can alleviate diarrhea and help with indigestion and nausea, conditions which some experience with PMS
Chaste Tree is an herb that has been well studied and research has found it to be very effective in the treatment of hormonal issues. Although it is still unclear what exactly causes the hormonal issues, fluctuations seem to be what causes the unpleasant symptoms. It is therefore thought that by regulating the hormones you can help relieve the symptoms.
It has been shown that by taking Chaste tree over a period of months you can help regulate the hormones in your mare and help ease the nasty cramps and irritable moodiness. Chaste tree is said to imitate estrogens and progesterone because of its phyto-hormonal actions and a German study found chaste tree to be more effective than Vitamin B6 for PMS .
for Moody Mares is a blend of the above herbs known to balance the hormonal system of the mare. May help to alleviate symptoms associated with pain and mental anxiety.
Be patient when using herbs to treat your horses. It is not a quick fix but an effective, natural fix. Allow a good few months to see a difference in your mare. Also know that you are utilising the power of Mother Nature when feeding herbs to your horses, without the side effects of synthetic medicines. Bring tranquillity to your mare today with wonderful healing herbs.