For many of us our horse is not only a companion but our best friend who is no different to us and requires tender loving care and lots of attention. As horse owners we should be mindful of giving our horse the best of attention. We should be on the lookout for out of character habits such as poor appetite or picking at feed, teeth grinding, too much salivation, diarrhoea or weight loss and a general emotional dullness or overall poor performance. Horses are no different to humans and are prone to gastric ulcers. Symptoms of Equine Gastric Ulcers should not be ignored, and a call to your local Vet should be made as soon as your notice changes to your horse. Ulcers can be difficult to diagnosis and only through an endoscope can the severity of the ailment be identified.
Just back from a disastrous event last weekend – my barn manager now suspects ulcers as a possible cause for my fella’s most unusual behaviour. Highly stressed, picky with his food, spooky, and didn’t want to leave his friends, and now rather girthy. What now?
There are many ways to assist your horse from developing ulcers. Whilst we may believe we are offering the best attention to our horse through offering lots of grain this can be detrimental to the horse’s well being by increasing the chances of acid build up in the stomach.
A horse does need constant food everyday all day. With the lower section of the horse’s belly generating acid to aid the digestion of food. The upper section simply is not made to have that sort of acidity in it – hence ulcers develop. When your horse is off its feed a responsible horse owner must alleviate the pain the horse is now feeling. Placing grass hay in front of your horse will make him eat more regularly. It is now best to introduce a highly effective gastric ulcer treatment.
Seeing your horse in pain is not pleasant. Not being able to enjoy your daily ride and general exercise, for you both is darn right unpleasant. We all enjoy getting out and about with our friends on regular basis. So we need to get our horse back on track to being fit and rider ready.
Horses are finicky, picky eaters at the best of times, and as soon as you introduce a new grain or at worst a medication into their feed they immediately object to the new texture or odor.
Omeprazole is most effective for the treatment and prevention of equine gastric ulcers. It is now available in various types of applications to assist the horse owner in making the administration of equine medication much easier.
When your horse simply won’t eat, how can the horse owner treat the gastric ulcers without breaking the monthly barn budget?
Tips on administering AbGard gastric ulcer treatment
- Abgard 6.15g omeprazole in paste is highly effective for both the treatment and prevention of Gastric Ulcers. The application of omeprazole horse medicine being administered directly into the horses’ mouth means no spillage or waste. Prior to administering omeprazole oral paste make sure the horse’s mouth is free of food. Insert the nozzle of the syringe through the interdental space, and deposit the required amount of paste at the back of the horses tongue. Immediately after administration, elevate the horse’s head for a few seconds to ensure the dose is swallowed.
- After 3-4 days of treatment with Abgard 6.15g you should notice your horse being much brighter and an improvement in his overall disposition. A sure sign he is on the road to recovery is by him allowing you to touch him in the stomach region.
Success Story: Emma Hansen QLD Aust. QB “…He has become a much easier horse to work with”
- Blue Pop Rocks or Abprazole Omeprazole Granules are again a highly affordable gastric ulcer treatment or prevention. From as little as $2 per day the horse owner can be assured of value for money when treating gastric ulcers. As horses are individuals, your horse may not immediately accept the granules- as he simply won’t eat. With this in mind and if you simply don’t have the budget for Omeprazole paste there are a few tricks the horse owner should try to get your horse to take the Abprazole granules horse products.
- What flavour does your horse like best? Try mixing with a favourite treat – cookie, or hide the granules inside a muffin or apple. If all else fails, mix in a mash of beet pulp, molasses or corn syrup. Abprazole™ granules are enteric coated—not only will horses be unable to notice the taste, but the granules remain stable in the stomach, allowing them to reach the small intestine to dissolve for proper absorption.