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STRESS, ANXIETY, NERVES-DERMANIA TS

We present a case study of a 25-year-old mare struggling with excessive nerves and anxiety, submitted by one of our clients.

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DERMANIA TS, 25 YEARS OLD, TRAKEHNER MARE, NERVES STRESS ANXIETY

History: Since I've owned her, which is for 23 years, she has been used for recreational and breeding purposes. She suffered a ligament injury (torn cruciate ligaments in the wrist) in 2016, which limited her use for riding, and since 2021, she has been retired from riding. In 2019, she gave birth to her last foal. Since 2020, progressive age-related blindness has been observed. In 2023, she was examined for reproductive organ changes due to strange behavior resulting from hormonal issues. The mare, with a high percentage of Thoroughbred blood (75%), has a difficult temperament, is spirited, and has a unique way of being herd-bound - taking her away from the herd is possible, but removing a herd member causes panic.


Problem: The mare, when one of the horses is taken away for a ride (sometimes several times a day), left in the paddock with the other horses, would walk along the fence, neighing until the horse returned. Due to her injury, she stopped jumping over lower fences (110cm). During such situations, she became very agitated, straining her injured leg. These situations also affect the problem of maintaining body weight. Since the onset of progressive blindness, there has been a problem with confining the horse in a stall. Despite all horses being in the stable, she couldn't eat in peace, walking around continuously, also for most of the night, closed around 11 pm and released at 6/7 am. Hay was practically uneaten.


Previous methods of dealing with the problem: During rides, horses were let loose so Dermania could walk from the riding arena to the rest of the horses. The only fence was around the arena. Limited time in the stable, even in bad weather conditions. During feeding, the mare stood in the corridor. However, there was still a problem with rebuilding mass. Calming supplements added to the feed had too weak an effect for Dermania. Administering a larger dose was not possible due to the mare's refusal to eat, even when divided into 3 meals.


Hempqualizer+ Supplementation: Upon the first administration of Hempqualizer +, starting with 1 ml, a difference in behavior was noticeable, the mare walked less nervously along the fence and neighed less. The next trial, given 2 ml, the mare was almost completely calmed, showing behaviors within normal limits. The next stage, administering Hempqualizer + at night, given 1 ml after dinner and after being closed in the stall, the mare was a bit calmer but still walked around a lot at night (monitored). Subsequent trials, administering 1 ml before dinner, the mare was relaxed and calmly ate hay at night.

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