I would appreciate any information regarding balancing a mares hormones post foaling. It appears my mare lets down in her ligaments (pelvic, hip joints, stifles, and pasterns) which causes the paralysis type sympton in a cyclical manner. I may be way off base here. I have been watching this cycle with her since September. October was the first awakening that I might have to put her down. Since then it seems she bounces back from the brink of peril on a cyclcal basis. Her mastitis is cleaning up, her legs are not strong, but she is back up on her pasterns again and walking.
Is there any kind of hormone therapy out there for mares who cannot regulate their hormones? Is there a test out there for mares who may be suspect of hormone imbalances? Is there any correlation to hormone imbalances and heaves. I know that's a wierd question. But I owned this mare's mother and it came to me tonight, that the dam could not canter well and she had allergies and heaves. (She came to us in this state) However, my mare the daughter, has had a healthy existance from birth (I am her breeder and the breeder of her two older sisters) until two years ago she contracted heaves out of the blue.
Please I am still trying to get to the bottom of this problem before it's too late. If I can find the underlying cause maybe I can work up from there and save my mare.
Yes JOS, I have had 8 (5 conventional, one Natureopath, and one a Nutirtionist Chiropractor Acupuncturist, and one Chiroproactor)vets look at her now and looking to have a ninth one look at her. So far the one I am having out is the only one who wondered about a hormone imbalance. She still sees the Natureopath and the Nutritionist/Chiropractor on a fairly regular basis.
She is the mare on the General Mares Questions - Volumn Two discussion regarding paralysis. I have been researching like crazy. She has had Xrays, but not an MRI, as I am not financially able to have it done.
Right now she has passed through her first normal heat cycle after foaling and during the cycle she was nearly unable to holding her weight up. With in a week afterwards she is walking around fairly well wihtout pain meds. The Vet who will be coming out was just as baffled as everyone else, but he popped up with a possible hormone imbalance since its been a cyclical problem starting foure months prior to foaling and seemingly to improve right after foaling, but then coming back full force near her estra cycle. The problem is that she is getting progressively worse as the ligaments are damaged further with every bout. This is what set me off to check for any info on hormone imbalances in mares. She is now standing in a stall and only getting exercise through short slow quiet walks. The foal has an escape bar where he can go under and run and play and interact with the other mare.
Could it be that she needs one of the hormones responsible for tightening back up her ligaments after foaling? Or to be balanced so that her body can do this for her itself. Or put on a hormone that would counter the affects of her estras cycle? If of course it could be found purdent to do so. She is not a guinea pig, I wont do that to her. But I will do what I can to help her overcome this problem.
I quickly reviewed the thread you mention, and it is not unheard of for foals to lie in a particular position in utero and cause paralysis in the mare. It seems this is possible in this case, but was it evaluated?
I am still sceptical of it being a hormonal issue.
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