Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse magazines.

Here he reproduces in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of them common problems which afflict horses.

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Hormonal Mare
Q: Whenever my Welsh mare is in season she becomes very strong, overexciteable and tricky to handle. Are there any herbal supplements, which will help to improve her behaviour?

A: It is common for mares to become difficult while in season. Sometimes such problems are very mild, but occasionally they can cause real problems for horse and rider.

There are a number of ways of approaching such problems but all are based on changing the balance of hormones that are present during the season. The key hormone is oestrogen, which is, present in increasing amounts the nearer to the time or oestrus the mare gets.

A number of hormonal products can be useful most are based on a herb called chasteberry, which monks used to use to help them control their passions. The plant is also very useful in females to help normalise hormone levels and can be used for many types of imbalance.

Another plant, which we have found useful, is ambelia officinalis. In combination with other herbs and natural substances, this can be even more useful than chasteberry in your type of situation. Look out in your local feed merchants for products containing these plants.


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