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Seasonal Mood Swings Coming Soon – Be Prepared!

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

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 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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What if USEF bans Medroxy for Geldings and Stallions…?

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What would happen in the show rings across the country if all the horses currently using Medroxy (MPA) were suddenly pulled off of it…?

This could cause many show ring nightmares for the horses pulled off of their MPA, but as well, miss-behaving horses can often upset the entire show.

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Following the 2017 USEF Annual Meeting in January, USEF President Murray Kessler created a panel to investigate, analyze, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the use of MPA. The panel recommended that beginning September 1, 2017, the USEF would require medication report forms to be filed for horses treated with MPA if the horse had received treatment within three months of the competition start date.

This usage data along with additional proprietary research will be assessed once available and further recommendations, if indicated, will be made at that time.

In March 2017, the USEF conducted a public workshop to address concerns that have been voiced regarding the efficacy, safety, and use of MPA in competition horses. Then in June 2017, USEF hosted a joint Town Hall with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show.

The next USEF committee meeting is January 2018 and the usage of MPA is a main topic on the schedule.

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