SUPPLEMENTARY CONTROL OF OESTRUS BEHAVIOUR IN MARES
Studies carriedout at Easterton Stable (100 plus horses) from 2011 Weetman, Malcolm, Watson Tim, Brown Rosemary, Murray, Max and Davies, Tony (2016). Supplementary Control of Oestrus Behaviour in Mares. The Veterinary Times. 46, 12-14.
Daily addition of the micro feed eCalm, a Fermented Wheat Germ Extract (FWGE), was found to have a remarkable effect in controlling bad and sometimes very dangerous behaviour in mares during Oestrus. Oestrus occurs monthly, starting in the Spring and can go through the Summer into the Autumn. There can be up to 9 cycles lasting 5 to 7 days each month. Over a 4 year period from 2012 to 2015, 136 Oestrus Cycles were successfully treated or prevented, with 56 deprivation controls. 50 Mares were tested, several more than once. In all cases, eCalm resolved oestrus bad behaviour when used prophylactically, or treated on the first evening of bad behaviour responding within 12 to 48 hours*.A proven semi-quantitative behaviour system 1+(good) to 5+(bad) was used in all cases.
Feeding with eCalm offers a safe and cost-effective solution to the frustrating and dangerous problem of oestrus bad behaviour in mares.
The effect of fwge on behavioural problems and associated conditions in geldings and mares.
Weetman, Malcolm, Davies Tony, Brown Rosemary, Murray, Max, Pollock Patrick and Sutton David (2018). Fermented Wheat Germ Extract Effect Study on Horse Behaviour. The Veterinary Times. 48, 10-12.
Over a period of six year, 66 geldings and 25 mares with behavioural problems not causally associated with oestrus, were given eCalm as part of their standard daily evening feed. As with the oestrus mares, some instances of deprivation of ecalm were used as a control. The ages of the animals ranged from 2-35 years and involved riding school, hacking and jumping, dressage and eventing horses. The duration of the periods in which ecalm was fed was determined by how long it took for restoration of normal behaviour. A proven semi-quantitative behaviour system 1+(good) to 5+(bad) was used in all cases.
During the period of study, the majority of the animals, 74 of 91, selected as a consequence of poor behaviour were also recorded as sufferingfrom a variety of common ailments, such as,low grade recurrent colic,poor appetite, difficulty in retaining weight, hoof problems, and coat and skin conditions as fas as behaviour was concerned the majority of horses responded significantly within 2 to 14 days.
Feeding with eCalm offers a statistically significant, safe and cost-effective solution to the frustrating and dangerous problems of bad behaviour.
- Highly Statistically Significant.
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