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post #1 of 13 Old 07-21-2020, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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The horses are going on a little overnight trip to do some CC schooling for a couple days. The drive is probably around an hour or so each way.

I usually just feed my horses alfalfa and give them "daily gold" before they load so that their stomachs are full and the daily gold helps with any excess acid that might be there. We haven't had a problem with ulcers.

I don't know a whole lot about UlcerGuard. I've read it suppresses acid.

Does that mean the horses won't produce as much acid? Do you give it on an empty stomach or full or does it matter?

Are there any effects I should be aware of if the horse isn't making as much acid? Could this affect their digestion in any way?

Would there be any difference between using the daily gold and using UlcerGuard?

I don't think it will hurt my horse, but it's different than what I'm familiar with.

Any thoughts or maybe you can just ease my mind about it.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-21-2020, 09:12 AM
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I used Ulcer Guard and it was OK but, not as affective as I hoped. Since then I have used Outlast by Purina and it works great. I fed it with my regular feed and all ulcer symptoms went away. I highly recommend it.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-21-2020, 11:25 AM
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I had the opposite problem, Outlast didn't help my mare at all. Ended up selling the bag because it did absolutely nothing. But the Ulcergard helped a ton. She had ulcers at one point & it really helped, but I have used it as a prevention (like when we switched barns, during the move) & it helped her a lot in that situation too.

You could also try marshmallow root, as a prevention. It helps a lot, I add it to my mare's feed daily. Some people also use aloe juice.

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-02-2020, 03:26 PM
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I used Ulcer Guard and it was OK but, not as affective as I hoped. Since then I have used Outlast by Purina and it works great. I fed it with my regular feed and all ulcer symptoms went away. I highly recommend it.
I ride with a lady who swears by this stuff! I am thinking of getting it to feed the boys I am fostering. The owner is not sold on the idea of this and worries it will cause them to colic. So I am trying to get more info from people who feed it.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-02-2020, 03:28 PM
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I had the opposite problem, Outlast didn't help my mare at all. Ended up selling the bag because it did absolutely nothing. But the Ulcergard helped a ton. She had ulcers at one point & it really helped, but I have used it as a prevention (like when we switched barns, during the move) & it helped her a lot in that situation too.

You could also try marshmallow root, as a prevention. It helps a lot, I add it to my mare's feed daily. Some people also use aloe juice.
How long did you use it? I am wondering if it needs to build up in their system to make a difference. They also have treats made of this stuff.
What did the Ulcergaurd do that the Outlast didn't?
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-06-2020, 09:52 AM
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I tried it for over a month, & it did nothing. So I ended up selling it.

I think aloe juice or marshmallow root is better for prevention. The Ulcergard actually healed the ulcers (she actually had ulcers, I wasn't using it for prevention), it contains omeprazole.

But for prevention, I suggest aloe juice or marshmallow root.

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-06-2020, 10:39 AM
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Ulcergard at a 1/4 tube is the "preventive" dose. It's not something I'd use everyday as a preventative especially given the price per tube.($35 for Ulcergard. The compounded omeprazole from Race Horse Meds or similar sites are about $15)

How I was told and use Ulcergard as a preventative measure, like you're looking to do, is giving 1/4 tube (on an empty stomach) a couple days before a long haul, show etc, during the show and taper off a day or two afterwards.

I don't think there is a risk of causing a huge increase in acid after stopping use after a couple days at the preventive dose as there is with full healing regimen.

Ulcergard is a medication (omeprazole) that inhibits acid production while Daily Gold is not a medication but bentonite clay that coats the stomach much like the UGard pink powder.

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post #8 of 13 Old 08-06-2020, 02:49 PM
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Do the horses already have ulcers or are you trying to prevent ulcers due to stress caused by an hour long trailer ride and an overnight stay? Iím sorry, my comprehension isnít all it should be sometimes!


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post #9 of 13 Old 08-06-2020, 03:31 PM
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Txshecat0423;1970894157]Do the horses already have ulcers or are you trying to prevent ulcers due to stress caused by an hour long trailer ride and an overnight stay? Iím sorry, my comprehension isnít all it should be sometimes!
I have hauled horses all over the country over the years and never had trouble with ulcers. I always stopped every 4-5 hours and would kick them out, give them a drink if they wanted it and let them stretch their legs. I taken them on hunting trips , family vacations in the mountains from overnight to almost 2 weeks The first horse I've ever had to have ulcers that I know of is the filly I currently have. We have had horses since 1980 with one 15 year hiatus so we had many especially with the whole family riding. The Outlast is part of my filly regular feed schedule now and she is fed Purina Strategy GX with Outlast in it too. She is not a hyper horse, really kind of laid back but, she does get ridden a lot and the Outlast has calcium similar to a human antacid. The omeprazole is human Prevecid (sp) I believe.
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When I had the need and it worked for horses and the dog that needed it I was told to use Uckele G.U.T.

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