From early spring through to autumn, some mares will experience changes in behaviour, attitude and aggression with their seasons or oestrus cycles. This temperamental behaviour can affect the performance of mares as well as making them more difficult to handle – but how can we help?
Why do mares get moody?
Hormonal changes during the oestrus cycle (or “season”) are one of the most common reasons why a mare becomes stroppy or moody. Aggression, unpredictability and other frustrating behaviours can all be signs of a change to a mare’s hormone levels. During the oestrus cycle, oestrogen levels rise leading up to ovulation, and then fall after ovulation, as progesterone levels increase. Progesterone levels help to stop the stimulation of oestrus until it has been determined whether or not the mare is pregnant. If she is not, then the cycle begins again. This cycle is a normal and expected process for mares, but sometimes, hormone levels will move away from the normal, and problems arise. Balancing and regulating progesterone, oestrogen and luteinising hormone (LH) is important in this scenario.
Although mood swings can be completely normal during the oestrus cycle, do consult a vet if the issue persists or changes significantly, as this can be a sign of a health condition.
What is Chastetree?
Chastetree berry, also known as Agnus Castus, is a Mediterranean plant (also found in some parts of Asia). It has been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and has many positive effects. Both the fruit and the leaves contain active ingredients that can help to support and balance hormone levels. It is also said to have a positive effect on energy and stress levels as well as metabolism. The horse’s own anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant processes are also supported by Chastetree extract.
What is No More Moods and how does it work?
No More Moods contains a careful blend of ingredients that help support the endocrine (hormone) system during the oestrus cycle. Chastetree extract in No More Moods helps to balance the hormones associated with the oestrus cycle. Vitamin B1 and Magnesium are also included to help relieve muscle tension, which supports calm behaviour in mares. This combination of traditional ingredients and modern science will help turn your nightmare into a nice mare again.