Karen Czarick – Georgia USA just wanted to share her experience this weekend using AbGard on her horse Grant during a national event
My horse and I headed to a national event Friday, despite having gotten a good bit of rain the several days before and looking at a dismal weekend weather forecast as well. Thankfully, the rains held off Friday afternoon and Saturday. Grant seemed fairly content and happy at the venue on Friday, but Saturday morning when I started working in the warm up arena before my dressage test, he VERY uncharacteristically spooked and shied on three separate occasions at three different things that under “normal” circumstances would not have bothered him. This behavior unfortunately carried over into the actual competition arena where he spooked every time we neared one end of the arena and as a result, he put in a pretty miserable test.
I got him back to the stall and he seemed sullen, sour, pinning his ears, retreating to the back of the stall, not eating his hay. I have been giving him AbPrazole fairly regularly…have had the best luck giving him a “loading dose” for about five consecutive days once each month. Several months ago he began to get very good at leaving the bulk of the granules in the bottom of his bucket. I also had some AbGard that I had previously ordered.I started using that primarily to ensure he was getting all the medicine. But, I’d run out of AbGard and had plenty of AbPrazole, so switched back to that a few months ago and was admittedly not too concerned when he’d continued to leave the bulk in his bucket, as he seemed to feel fine.
But…everything going on yesterday morning was classically symptomatic for him for ulcers. My stadium jumping phase was in a couple hours and I was beside myself. I opted to saddle up and see how he was in the warm up. He warmed up “fine,” put in a double-clear trip, because he’s a good sort, but my trainer/friend/stabling neighbor agreed he seemed a bit “lackluster” about the whole thing.
He came back to the barn as grumpy as ever and I felt so awful that I hadn’t been more diligent ensuring he got his meds…especially now as the event season is winding down and he’s been very busy for the last couple months and I’m sure the work, travel, and stress of competition have begun to take their toll. I rooted around in my trailer dressing room and found one tube of AbGard and figured it couldn’t hurt. Three hours later I had my horse back! He was relaxed, bright-eyed, pestering everyone who came near his stall for treats and ear scratches. My trainer and the other people who had horses stabled across the aisle from us were in a state of disbelief. I WISH I would have videotaped the transformation.
Anyway, I camped in my trailer at the showgrounds last night and, unfortunately, the rains came and came and came…I was supposed to run my cross-country at 9:00 this morning and the footing was horrific…I couldn’t bring myself to risk our safety, so I chose to withdraw. But, the weather was the ONLY reason; my horse feels great!
Thanks so much!