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Mare has now turned girthy and blanket crabby. Hormones?

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  • Mare has now turned girthy and blanket crabby. Hormones?

    The first week the new made was splendid. Then about a week later became crabby when putting on her blanket, and girthy. No one flopped the blanket on or girthed her up fast. Waiting to find out if the old owner had her on mare magic or anything. Anyone else have a hormone supplement keep their made from turning girthy?

    ETA: Well that was quicker then I thought. Just heard back she was on mare magic!
    Last edited by Couture TB; Mar. 4, 2013, 09:46 PM.

  • #2
    New mare? She is a new purchase, and presumably moved barns?

    I would consider ulcers before I would consider hormones. New barn, new friends, new routine? Lots of stress!!


    • #3
      Ulcers would be my first choice.


      • #4
        If you started a new job and were having a little bit of trouble being perfect for the first couple of weeks, would you appreciate it or think it appropriate or fair if one of your coworkers went to your boss and mentioned that you were showing signs of "PMS"? Or suggested to your face that you needed hormone therapy?

        Not every single thing that a female horse does is because of "hormones"! And a supplement is not the answer for every single equine behavior problem.
        Click here before you buy.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Couture TB View Post
          The first week the new made was splendid. Then about a week later became crabby when putting on her blanket, and girthy. No one flopped the blanket on or girthed her up fast. Waiting to find out if the old owner had her on mare magic or anything. Anyone else have a hormone supplement keep their made from turning girthy?
          Could be many things. From ulcers, to poor fitting saddle that caused soreness, to the horse having a rib that needs adjusted by a chiro.

          Hormones would be on the bottom of the list.


          • #6
            I would also bet ulcers. Get her scoped and keep us posted


            • Original Poster

              Turns out she was on Made Magic, which is why after a week it had gotten out of her system. The last owner had her on it do to being a bit crabby when girthing. And trust me, she spared no expense on this girls comfort so not ulcers etc. Not sore either as the chiro was out not that long ago and she didn't need an adjustment.


              • #8
                Just a thought here. Perhaps colonic ulcers rather than gastric ?


                • #9
                  You are basing the "fact" that she does not have ulcers because the previous owner "spared no expense" on her ?!? Do you know that several studies show horses develop ulcers in as Little as 2 days, just from things as simple as a trailer ride, or changing their stall routine? She very well could have a bad case of ulcers after a week!


                  • #10
                    I wonder if the horse in question was a gelding if the differential diagnosis would be different.
                    Click here before you buy.


                    • #11
                      I spare no expense on my mare either (feed alone is 340€ per month, thats about 400$) and she still has ulcers. Some horses are just more stressy and end up getting them no matter what. And being on a mare calming supplement tells me she probably isn't the most quiet horse around.