Siog, who turned 6 this past July, cycles frequently. She seems to come into heat about every 3 1/2 -4 weeks and even when I think it's over, she'll display some sign that it's not.
I've been keeping an eye on her, as she clearly seems to be in some discomfort during her cycles.
What I notice is that she turns her head and noses or nips at her flank just in front of her stifle. She seems perpetually hungry and she is grumpy with the other donkeys, suddenly turning on whomever is closest and chasing her away.
Several months ago, I asked my vet about the possibility of an ovarian cyst. She agreed that it was possible but how to find out on a mini? An ultra sound probe is not possible.
So I turned to an equine nutritionist who practices homeopathy, herbal medicine and kinesiology (and then recommends her own expensive products!) She said to give Siog Vitamin B6 and also Magnesium Citrate when I see her in discomfort, which acts as a anti-spasmodic muscle relaxant.
This does seem to help but I'm a bit leary of giving too much. If I see Siog in discomfort, I'll mix up some Timothy hay pellets with warmish water and stir in 1/2 tablespoon of the magnesium citrate. However this isn't getting to the root of whatever problem she has. Which seems impossible to actually diagnose, other than observing clinical signs.
Spiking hormones, ovarian cyst, something else? I may try Chaste Tree Berries - am just worried about mucking around feeding her stuff when I don't really know what's going on! Any advice out there?