Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Just adding to those reading that you should NOT start your horse on Ranitidine (or any medication) without checking with your vet. There can be serious drug interactions, and heart, liver, and kidney function must be assessed before starting the drug as it can have adverse affects on these organs in the horse.
I'm also suspicious of how fast your horse showed improvement. We'll never know if ulcers were causing her problems without a scope, but as a sufferer of gastric ulcers myself I know that once they are flared up it takes weeks to get them under control and less painful. I don't doubt it is helping but perhaps it was not ulcers after all?
On the diet- rice bran should be fine since it is mostly fat. You cannot colic a horse on fat and it is easy on ulcers. The beet pulp should also be ok and personally I'd cut out grain all together. If she is on a good hay, beet pulp and rice bran you shouldn't need it. I have an OTTB who is also a hard keeper and prone to ulcers and he does great on just rice bran, beet pulp and quality hay (with a bit of alfalfa for it's buffering effects).