Hormones cause Colic?
Q Can you shed some light on a problem for us. The mare we have
on loan has had two bouts of colic - both when she was in season.
both happened during her first proper season of the year. She is
fine for the other 11 months of the year. Is there anything herbal
we can give her?
certainly sounds like your mare's colic is related to change in
hormone levels at the time of oestrus.
Rises in oestrogen
can cause many different reactions in the body. It is always difficult
to know exactly why mares experience pain at such time and many
certainly do have quite severe problems that carry on throughout
You are lucky
that it occurs only on the first season, even tough it does sound
quite dangerous. One can guess that some of the pain associated
with seasons is due to changes in tone and tension of some of the
soft tissues within the abdomen (belly). There may well be adhesions
between different parts of the womb and associated structures that
are stretched and cause pain.
In your case,
it may be that such adhesions are broken down after the first seasons
but then reform when the season is finished. There are a number
of products that are used to soothe the effect of hormonal changes
in mares. These
products can be very effective and could be given for a month or
so before seasons usually start.
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