Problematic Behavior in Nonpregnant Mares: Is it Reproduction-Related?
Reproductive behavior in sport horse mares can range from annoying to performance-limiting. For this reason, many mare owners and their veterinarians try to control or eliminate it. However, how do you really know if her reproductive system is to blame?
Dirk Vanderwall, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, set out to address this concern and offer ways to manage undesirable behavior in his presentation at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas. Vanderwall is a professor of horse reproduction at Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in Logan.
At the start of his presentation, he polled the veterinary audience and found that 79% believed that estrous behavior affects some mares’ performance. These results were similar to those from a survey of more than 750 veterinarians in which 90% believed the estrous cycle affects mares’
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