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    04-02-2011, 10:16 PM
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trailering a horse with ulcers?

I've decided that I'm going to move Bella(my OTTB mare) with my riding instructor for a month so that I can get Bella back in shape(mentally and physically) with the use of an indoor and my instructor there to help me every time I ride her. We have changed her diet to TC senior, alfalfa pellets and rice bran and as close to 24/7 hay as we can do(she's always been out 24/7) I give her rantidine, and which when I do it twice a day it makes a huge difference in her behavior(although last week I had so much grooming to do at work I could only give it once a day and she got pretty cranky again) I got 4 tubes of gastrogard which would be 5 days worth and her next smartpaks will have U-gard in it.I have talked to my instructor(who is the one who will be feeding her) and she will makes sure that she has hay 24/7 and she will feed her as I ask her to, she will be in a stall when the weather is bad and at night for the first few nights(not sure how she will respond to electric fence so want to make sure she is secure when no one is there).
Not sure if I left anything out, but can anyone give me any suggestions? She also said she would give the rantidine 2-3x a day if I want her to

Thanks guys!
     
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    04-02-2011, 10:30 PM
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I think you got pretty much everything covered. You can give her a few tabs of Tums before the trailer ride, or yogurt. I buy the peppermint tums for Nelson, and he eats them like he does his peppermint treats, or cookies.
     
    04-02-2011, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I think you got pretty much everything covered. You can give her a few tabs of Tums before the trailer ride, or yogurt. I buy the peppermint tums for Nelson, and he eats them like he does his peppermint treats, or cookies.
I'm freaking out a little, can you tell lol, I've never boarded a horse before, i've always been the one to take care of them, and I work for my moms boarding kennel, so while i'm out walking dogs I can see her and the others, I literally check them every single walk, mostly i'm worried about Blue since he's in his mid 30's and I get nervous whenever I can't see him(even tho he's just in the barn lol) But still I'm worried about someone else taking care of my horse....I have half a thing of peppermint tums in my car for her already, she loves them, I give her about 10 before I ride her(which has only been once this year lol) Do you think that is enough or should I do more? She's 16hh and about 900-1000lbs(haven't taped her in a while)
     
    04-03-2011, 01:09 AM
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Is she nervous? SmartPak has tubes of SmartCalm Ultra to give before trailering and moving. I plan on doping Abby up on it before she goes on a 300 mile trip at the end of May. However, the gastrogard should take care of most of it. That stuff is insaneee how well it works.

Just a note: U-Gard takes about 3 months to take full effect, or so my BO told me. The show horses at my barn are on it and I started Abby on it about a month ago.
     
    04-03-2011, 04:45 PM
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Is she nervous? SmartPak has tubes of SmartCalm Ultra to give before trailering and moving. I plan on doping Abby up on it before she goes on a 300 mile trip at the end of May. However, the gastrogard should take care of most of it. That stuff is insaneee how well it works.

Just a note: U-Gard takes about 3 months to take full effect, or so my BO told me. The show horses at my barn are on it and I started Abby on it about a month ago.
she was pretty crazy when I got her(end of may) if I tried to take her out of the pasture she would run circles around me and pull me around, once I started working with her she was fine, I could take her next door and out of sight of her buddies without any reaction from her, but she has had the winter off and hasn't been out of her pasture for 4 months(even when I rode her 2 weeks ago it was in the round pen in the pasture) It's not a long trailer ride, takes me about 25-30 minutes to get there, and when I got her she trailered fine...Do you think I should start the gastrogard before i'm planning on trailering her? And give her the other 4 doses over her first 4 days there and if her stomach seems to be bothering her I can start her on the rantidine?

I didn't know that the u-gard took that long to work, also the normal default dose for the smartpaks is only once a day, but when I was reading more it says it should be giving twice a day, should I just order a bucket and do it twice a day? Is there something better(but close in price) that I could give her that doesn't take that long to work?
     
    04-03-2011, 06:41 PM
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I'm sure you'll be fine with the gastrogard. You could give her part of a dose the day before to just coat her stomach.

The U-Gard instructions on my tub say twice a day, but some horses at my barn get it once. I think it depends on the level of prevention you want. Like Abby HAD ulcers in December and she's going on a 300 mile trip across the state at the end of May, so I definitely don't need to deal with them. The other horses at my barn are show horses and they're just preventing them because they spend all summer going to and from shows. Some of them get an extra bit of gastrogard or ulcergard before shows for further measure.

I'm not sure of any supplements that work aster, but I think you should be fine with that you have if it's only a month. Gastrogard is ridiculously potent, so you could probably get away with just half doses while she's getting used to the new barn.
     
    04-03-2011, 10:44 PM
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Thanks for all your help, I only have 4 tubes of gastrogard so if I can get away with doing half the dose that would be even better lol, I just happened to be looking through my valleyvet catalog and came across the ulcer supplements and was looking into something called ulc-r-aid AniMed ULC-R-Aid - Horse.com does that seem like a good supplement? Smartpak doesn't carry it which stinks but on other sites it has some pretty good reviews
     
    04-03-2011, 10:54 PM
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Trained
I really like SmartPaks SmartGut Pellets - I've had fabulous success with that product.
     

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