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Moody mares... could it be training stress?

July 2012 by by Andrew McLean, PhD, Director, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

In the absence of health issues which should be investigated by your veterinarian, moody behaviour and irregular cycling can be linked to pain and / or stress in mares who exhibit conflict behaviours (commonly known as resistances and evasions).

Conflict behaviours are a set of responses usually characterized by hyper-reactivity and which arise largely through confusion with training.