tips for helping ulcer prone horse
I made the mistake and going back to YAHOO answers to ask a question and got well crap for answers. I put exactly everything I could say about the situation and asked my ?s.
here is my question.
My 6 yr ottb mare has suffered through ulcers basically her whole life. We had her on gastro guard did a herbal supplement for months. Well I kept her on a weight gain the farnams stuff. We even had her on a veg oil for a bit. While doing this she was stalled up for a good 3 months and only walked trot 2 3 days a week. Her feed was watered bc of the beet pulp. They have now changed over to dumor equi stages and she's off everything but the weight gain. I do feed her an alfalfa pellet grain mix myself but only 3x a week as extra she was getting it everyday but the stablehand has been out since his dad has just passed
. She's been going outside more to graze. But her ulcers are coming back.
so here is my ? Well ?s
I've heard wetting feed is good to do should I tell them to wet her feed? Oh and ground feeders will that make a difference?
Should they give her more hay than feed?
I received 3 samples of smart gut and u gard I plan to make an oral paste out of the smart gut do that for a week then skip a few days then do the u gard. Depending on which one I like is it safe to make the paste a few days prior? And have any of you ever used the product. U gard is cheap but the reviews are great.
I mainly trail ride her. The owner is talking about getting her back on gasto gard as well.
My plain is to make an oral paste out of the stuff I get for at least 2 weeks 3 times a week then have them put a scoop on her feed daily after that.
Oh and she can't be turned out with another horse well with many if it's one that's older something in that nature shes fine. We had her out in pasture her ulcers got worse that's why she was stalled up but no worries she's turned out 3 x a week for at least 4 hours. Or more.
The only reason she is turned out only 3 x is because im the one who turns her out. I want her out all the time but for now I cant. Im not the owner.
I only lease her from the owner. I can only suggest things and buy supplements for her.
Can you not convince the owner that being confined to a stall may be the cause of the ulcers? People see stalls as safe - horses see them as traps. Steel bars mean nothing to them as far as safety except that should that big predator show up there is no escape.
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My vet was worried about my horse having ulcers. She recommended to me and several other clients that we get some Aloe Vera Juice (found it at Wal-Mart) in their feed. My horse didn't like it (but he didn't have ulcers either) but a lot of others I know have their horses on this routinely as a preventative. It is a little salty to the taste and they just mix it in the evening feed.
It's pretty tricky treating a horse for ulcers when you're not the owner, as lifestyle has a big impact on it.
Ideally, the horse would get as much turnout as possible, with hay always available, and a grain-free feed (such as a Ration Balancer). If the owner is willing to entertain your ideas on feed, you might suggest switching away from EquiStages; it contains both molasses and corn, which are not particularly good for horses whether they have ulcers or not.
A supplement like U-gard or SmartGut would also be a good idea, and I've also heard good things about aloe vera juice, slippery elm bark, and marshmallow root.
I've made a paste out of U-gard and aloe vera juice before, but my horse isn't a very picky eater and I'm not that good at administering paste, so it's easier for me to just put it in with his feed. :-)
Whenever there is a stress-inducing event (i.e. a show) I increase the U-gard to the loading dose (two scoops) for a few days leading up to it until the day he comes back home.
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