Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Ugh...stall rest. Nelson was on Stall Rest in January, and due to he stressing out easily because his buddies all went outside while he was left inside - let to ulcers and a near death colic.
If your girl is on any grain, I would minimize it, even go to bran mash or beat pulp.
If she is on bute or pain killers, make sure you give her mint tums and yogurt to help line her tummy to help prevent ulcers from rearing their ugly heads.
If she does get ansy and frustrated, I would look into a calmer. For example, too little too late, Nelson is now on SmartCalm Ultra from SmartPak *he is on that now for when we show over the summer and he is stalled in strange barns around strange horses, helps keep him calm and from upsetting the ulcers he already has*
I would give her as much hay as possible. Make sure she has free access to as much roughage as possible, to help keep her belly full, so that if she does stress, it will help minimize stress related ulcers.
I know I keep talking about Ulcers, but they can show up at any given time, especially during stressful stall rests.