I let my new young horse go off the omeprazole after our last event in May. I just started him back a couple weeks ago and took him to a small, local, jumper schooling show this past Saturday. He gets anxious loading and while on the trailer, so I figured it best to load him up on Friday for a trial spin down the street since he’d not been on the trailer for four months. It took me about 15 minutes to load, and he scrambled and kicked in the trailer. We weren’t off the property more than five minutes and when I unloaded him he was a dripping wet mess.
Then…I remembered my AbGard paste! I gave him a whole tube Friday evening and then another one Saturday morning. He loaded perfectly on the first attempt and we had about a 25-minute drive to the venue. He unloaded relaxed and bone-dry! He didn’t even kick or scramble when we pulled into the pasture at the competition venue. (Oftentimes seeing other horses when we are pulling into a place is when he is the fussiest.) He was good and happy at the show, loaded right up, and hauled home quietly…he was sweaty when I unloaded him…but I think that was a result of the horribly high temps, not nerves. I think he’s a forever candidate for pre hauling travel loading doses of AbGard …or at least until he gets to be a bit more seasoned.
Karen Czarick of Dancing Horse Farm led a team of four to the Chronicle of the Horse 2013 USEA Training Adult Riders Eastern US win.