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    10-14-2009, 02:17 AM
Unhappy Ulcers

I've never treated for them before. There's so much out there to use!

What do you use that works the best and that won't break the bank?
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    10-14-2009, 09:31 AM
You can piddle around with cheap stuff that doesnt actually work, but you will end up spending more money than you would if you just bought the good stuff and used it.

The best stuff I have used is called Gastrogard. Its really the best.... Welcome to GastroGard United States

Also giving some Milk of Magnisia helps too. But I wouldnt rely on JUST MoM, I would treat them with Gastrogard.
    10-14-2009, 12:01 PM
My Vet prescribed GastroGard (prescription) to begin my horse's treatment, then I used UlcerGard (non-prescription) for several weeks and then my Vet prescribed NUTRIENT BUFFER (My Vet stocks it for me, but I have bought it directly from the company that makes it - it keeps the stomach coated). I use 30cc once every evening before feeding. My horse does beautifully on the Nutrient Buffer - I swear by it! I pay around $58 a gallon, but it lasts a long time - I do keep mine refrigerated because I don't use it fast.
    10-15-2009, 12:59 PM
Green Broke
I have just started my TB gelding on U-guard because he shows some of the classic signs of a horse that has ulcers, plus from my reading it is a pretty common thing in racing thoroughbreds. U-guard does not heal the ulcers, but works kind of like an antacid to sooth some of the excess stomach acid. It's only about 13 dollars from smartpak for a months supply, or $25 for a 64 day supply. I plan to see if this helps and is really the issue or if it's just him being a brat.

You may want to look into such a strategy, but I would also get in contact with a vet. Unfortunately the only way to check for ulcers is to scope which is horrendously expensive.

Best of luck!
    10-15-2009, 11:47 PM
Aloe vera juice and slippery elm bark -- for the 900th time on this forum ;) ... Do a search for ulcers on this forum and you will find a lot of help for this condition. Lots of people do different things and it also depends on your horses diet and regime. BTW, NO GRAIN PRODUCTS for ulcers.
    10-16-2009, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
First, NO FEED! Stop all feeds and grains. The best diet for an ulcer horse is hay, and lots of it. Alfalfa is really good for ulcers because of it's high calcium content. If you can't get alfalfa hay, feeds 1-2 scoops of Alfalfa pellets every day (3 qt feed scoop, about 3.5 lbs per scoop).

Next, LOTS of turn out, preferably 24/7 with only stall time for "goodies". Turn out and free choice grazing or hay will help keep the digestive track in good working order. If you cannot provide unlimited turnout, then free choice hay and daily turn out are a must.

For treatment, follow whatever advice your vet gives. You do not want to play around with ulcers.

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