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Serene By Nature Tackling Breeding Issues

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Do you know any mares struggling with breeding issues?

Last year the owner of a mare named Ruby was struggling with losing her dream of breeding this mare, due to her breeding issues. Ruby is a 15-year-old Oldenberg Warmblood mare who was bought with the intention of showing her in dressage & hunter/jumper – and for the dream of ultimately breeding her.

Ruby’s breeding issues left her owner Vanessa ready to give up,

after two previous years of unsuccessful attempts at getting Ruby pregnant, to no avail.

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The first year of breeding Ruby entailed using Regumate in efforts to regulate her cycle, promote ovulation and to attempt to maintain a pregnancy. But the Regumate was not achieving any of these desired results and Ruby was struggling with hormonal issues resulting from this regimen. Due to her imbalanced hormones she was noticeably suffering with pain throughout this process. She had an unstable uterus, poor edema, and low follicle counts down around only 46.

There were many vet visits and many ultrasounds and more Regumate (and lots of money spent). Finally, after too many attempts Ruby got pregnant, but she was unable to sustain the pregnancy and no foal resulted. Everyone was devastated.

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Today’s Horses ~ Stress and the Endocrine System

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Today’s horses are experiencing more stress than ever! 

Whether they are show horses, or endurance horses and even horses used for camping, all are subject to added stressors.

With the show season in full swing it’s a good time to stop and take a look at how stressors may affect competitive horses.

Horses are very emotional creatures who are adversely affected by stress.

Understanding this is imperative to having a healthy and happy competitive equine. How individual horses respond to potentially stressful situations differs, but many health ailments are originated from stress of one kind or another.

Stress can be defined as a general term which describes the combination of psychological and biological responses of an animal during real or perceived threatening circumstances. While the physiological response to stress is a highly complex subject, and certainly is not completely understood, scientists agree that there are two types of stressors.

Physical stressors are things such as injury, over-exertion or a change in the environment. Psychological stressors typically include situations that make the animal anxious or fearful. Uncertainty and fear of the unknown can be categorized as two of the major psychological stressors. Competing horses, and even horses who travel for seemingly leisurely activities such as camping, are exposed to both physical and psychological stressors.

The primary concerns with stress are the effects on the endocrine system.

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Glyphosate and the Equine Endocrine System

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Glyphosate Exposure in Horses

At present there is no research on glyphosate exposures specifically for equines. Views on its effects on horses are mostly theory based on observation and studies done on humans, cattle, mice, and chickens. 

Glyphosate has been getting a lot of attention for its connection to cancer, but that’s far from the only health concern related to the weed killer. There is a long and growing list of dangers, but one of the biggest ones that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the fact that it’s an endocrine disruptor.

In fact, the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup can cause damage to the endocrine system at levels that are legally permitted in drinking water. This is according to a study carried out in Australia by researchers at Flinders University.  They found that Roundup killed the cells that produce progesterone in women, causing their progesterone levels to drop.

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Exciting New Press Releases & Publications

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Check out all our Current Press Releases!

We are SO excited to be getting support and exposure throughout various media outlets!

Serene By Nature® is one of THE MOST innovative new products to arrive in the equestrian arena in years!

Horses and their owners all around the world are benefiting immensely from this wonderful all-natural way to help horses be their very best every day in every situation.

We are humbly appreciative to the many excellent publications who are sharing this one-of-a-kind calming product with all their valued customers and followers.

You will find special offers and deals available in each of these publications – so follow each link below and see what kind of amazing special offers you can find…

Check out these reputable publications that are currently running articles and ads for Serene By Nature.

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Bitchy Mares & Other Moody Horses

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Want a natural solution for Bitchy Mares & Other Moody Horses?

Do you know of any Bitchy Mares?

Check out this interview shared by Laura Stopper-Batts, The Horse Hippie.

Three years ago, I was a presenter at the Horse Expo in Pomona, California.  I had a Horse Hippie booth and gave presentations on Eco-Friendly Horse Care, DIY Ideas for the Horse Owner, and Alternative Methods for Equine Ulcers.

I met many interesting horse people at this expo (it WAS California after all) but I really connected with one in particular and that was Shelly Black.

Shelly hung out at my booth all weekend. Picking my brain about natural horse care. We talked about what kind of harmful substances horses were being treated with for showing, racing, and breeding. We were both horrified by how common the use of Regumate and Medroxy was. We agreed it was time that horses had a safe alternative for balancing their reproductive cycles.

Fast forward three years, and BOY! has Shelly been busy!  I think her product is soooo needed AND effective that, after helping her with product testing, I asked her for an interview for my blog.

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Seasonal Mood Swings Coming Soon – Be Prepared!

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Spring means warmer days, blooming flowers… and high horses!

Why does my horse have mood swings? The ever-changing hormones surging throughout the female body can cause a plethora of changes in the way she feels physically, mentally and emotionally. This is the same for humans as for our horses. Do you dread when it’s ‘that time’ for you or for your mare?

Do mood swings from unbalanced hormones ever create havoc with your attitude or performance?

While we (human) females have hormonal cycles that average 28 days (in our reproductive years), a mare’s cycle is on average 21 days. Women have menstrual cycles that are about 5-7 days long and horses have their Estrus cycle for about 5 days, but usually only from about April through September.

Here’s an important comparison: Women experience pre-menstrual symptoms (irritability, mood changes, tender breasts, menstrual cramps, etc…) for about 1-3 days prior to a menstrual cycle, and then symptoms usually subside once menses begins. Mares experience Estrus for 5-7 days, which is the time when she may become problematic with her attitude and performance.Rearing-Race-Horse

Humans have only 3 types of estrogens, whereas horses have over 20 types.

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Hormones in Horses and Humans

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Hormones in Horses and Humans

Do hormonal fluctuations wreak havoc on your attitude and performance, or your horses’?