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post #1 of 16 Old 11-21-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Herbal supplements for ulcers?

I'm fairly certain my mare has ulcers (from foxtail in the hay a few weeks ago). She has been really girthy and generally crabby when you touch her chest or girth area and she has NEVER in the 3 years I've had her acted like this before.

Put her on gastro guard for 5 days per the vet, and it seemed to take the edge off but still she's exhibiting the same behavior. I thought about getting her on some sort of herbal remedy for ulcers just so that

A. I'm not continuing to dump chemicals into her system, and

B. To avoid paying the $35 per tube/per day that gastro guard costs!!

Anyone have any good recommendations?

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my TB has ulcers, I used rantidine(generic zantac) for 4 weeks when they first flared up and started her in ulc-r-aid, Its not an herbal supplement, but it's not chemical either. AniMed ULC-R-Aid - Horse.com I've had a lot of success with it, it's also not very expensive, the 10lb last about 5 months.

ETA: feeding alfalfa also helps buffer some of the acid. Hugh sugar and starch feeds will also aggravate ulcer.

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my TB has ulcers, I used rantidine(generic zantac) for 4 weeks when they first flared up and started her in ulc-r-aid, Its not an herbal supplement, but it's not chemical either. AniMed ULC-R-Aid - Horse.com I've had a lot of success with it, it's also not very expensive, the 10lb last about 5 months.

ETA: feeding alfalfa also helps buffer some of the acid. Hugh sugar and starch feeds will also aggravate ulcer.
Thanks for the info! My mare nis unfortunately allergic to alfalfa so it's always a no go She doesn't get much sugar since she is also allergic to molasses and soy, so I have to basically give her barley just as a mixer to go with her supplements from SmartPak

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Thanks for the info! My mare nis unfortunately allergic to alfalfa so it's always a no go She doesn't get much sugar since she is also allergic to molasses and soy, so I have to basically give her barley just as a mixer to go with her supplements from SmartPak
wow is she allergic to a lot, that must make things difficult, I don't think there is anything in ulc-r-aid that your mare couldn't have.
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Well thanks! I called SmartPak and they said it won't interact negatively with any of her other supplements so I'm going to order some and try it out! It got some great reviews online!

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i love smart pacs for tbs

I use the smart pacs Ultra digest for my TB and it has worked Wonders.
I get it delivered to the barn once a month and it's around 40 bucks.
you know something like over 90% of TBS have ulcers so you can be pretty sure that she has them.... and my trainer from the track says they all have them. he also says that they never go away you just "Manage" them.
NO biggie the smart digest ultra will do the trick and its not expensive.
good luck!

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Thanks wild! My girl is actually a Paint/QH but a last month we got a shipment of hay contaminated with so much foxtail in it and that was unfortunately before I knew what foxtail was! The barn owner didn't know either so it got fed to the horses, causing these awful bleeding ulcers in their mouths as well as internal ulcers, which is what I'm battling now
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OH I don't know why i thought your baby was a TB? oh well LOL

those smart packs are the bomb. you could probably just treat her for a month or two and shell be good (hopefully)
my mare turned around QUICK with the smart packs and they are not crazy expensive. I use the 1 month dosage actually for 2 horses (they give you 2 portions a day) i gave one to each horse because at first, i didn't KNOW that the two portions were 2 parts of one dose. However THAT did it for my mare and shes great now. so you should be able to get one month and feed it for two months and youd be golden ;)
i think that one months dosage is about 40. they have free shipping right now too if you register your barn (if it's not already registered) and you let them ship on whatever day your barn is assigned to be shipped to once a week free shipping. Smart packs is high on their tack prices IMO but a lot of the supplements they do are really good stuff. and reasonably priced. that has always worked for me. good luck

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Yeah my little 14.1 hand buckskin is definitely not a tb haha! I love smartpak! So convenient
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Aloe vera juice and slippery elm bark -- I did that with my OT Standardbred and he improved greatly. Prior to that, he was losing weight and generally didn't look good. We figured he probably had ulcers, but I didn't want to spend the $, like you, and preferred to try the other methods first. I bought both at a local health food store -- the aloe vera juice or gel in a one gallon bottle and teh slippery elm bark in bulk plastic containers -- about 3 cups worth at a time. Total cost was about $20 - $30 a month if I recall correctly.

The vet was much impressed with the horse's improvement in just two weeks!

I'd had to look up the quantities I gave him. I did write it down on an old thread here somewhere, but by gum, it was a loooong time ago! Does anyone else know off the top of their heads? If not, post back and I will look it up.
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