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  • Helicobacter Equorum (H.Equorum) in horses
  • Mastic gum treat racehorse

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    03-24-2013, 10:54 AM
Can add decreased water intake to his list of symptoms Getting worried now. He's well hydrated but if he hasn't drank by the time I'm home from work I'm calling the vet.
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    03-24-2013, 11:23 AM
Add some salt to his grain and sprinkle over his hey no more than a tablespoon per feeding are they probably won't eat it mine has also water intake has fluctuated greatly
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    03-24-2013, 11:42 AM
There are two times during the day that a horse will drink the most, within a few hours of sunrise and a few hours before dark. They will drink at other times but not like at these times. Offer the horse loose salt either pickling or table salt. The horse gets a sore tongue from a lick and consequently doesn't ingest adequate amounts of salt. If you can feed hay cubes or pellets it will enable you to reduce the amount of alfalfa. Too much alfalfa can create a calcium inbalance and the horse can develop a conditon called Big Head, for obvious reasons. You can even offer him oat straw. The gut needs roughage but it doesn't always need high quality roughage. One flake of oat straw is ok per day. It does need to be clean quality straw.
    03-24-2013, 02:07 PM
I personally know of a racehorse trainer who treated ulcers in his stable with mastic gum. He uses a small maintenance as preventative. There are some studies that suggest H. Pylori doesn't cause ulcers in horses, only humans. That theory has since been disproved, as they have found proof that it does indeed burrow in the stomach lining and cause ulcers. "Another known cause is a specific bacteria Helicobacter Equorum (H.Equorum).[v] This bacteria causes ulcers by creating actual physical damage as it burrows into the lining of the gastro-intestinal tract. While the damage caused by H. Equorum is well known in humans, as Helicobacter Pylori it is a known cause of stomach cancer its existence in horses is only recently discovered, and how it is transmitted to horses is unclear."

I don't agree with the treatment, as antibiotic therapy has not been effective in completely treating. Symptoms come and go; it becomes a cycle.
    03-24-2013, 02:43 PM
Walkinthewalk; Where were you going with your questions?? Just wondering because my horse could answer yes to some of those questions.
    03-24-2013, 06:55 PM
Lightning: I think she was worried about Hind Gut Acidosis.

Thank you for the input everyone. I will be giving him some salt.

I did start giving him some oat straw but he doesn't like it...
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