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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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moody elderly mare

i have a 30 yr old mare who has been used as a riding school escort for most of her life. She retired from that a number of yrs ago and was being gently hacked out untill 3 months ago. Since she has stopped being ridden she has become intollerent of all other horses even the ones that leave her alone! can you suggest any herbal remedies that may keep her (and the other horses!) happy?

Where are you from? lancashire

How did you locate this forum? spillers website

Re: moody elderly mare

Hi Maxine,

You haven't mentioned what you're feeding her, but if her diet is high in grain, you should consider reducing that, or even eliminating it completely. Grain produces elevations in insulin levels, which can often affect a horse's mood. This is especially the case if she no longer has the energy requirement, as in her case.

There are some calming herbal preparations that may help. See what is in your area and choose one that contains camomile and valerian root.

I would also suggest that you give her Vitamin C (since she no longer produces enough on her own) and a B complex preparation to assist with her nervous system. This, too, will help with her behavior.

Hope this is helpful!

All the best,

Dr. Getty