My horse was scoped about 3 years ago and had minor ulcers. We did the full treatment with gastrogard and put him on Succeed as well. Ever since then, he has been on 1/4 tube everyday with a full tube given when he is traveling.
He has had little problems besides some colon ulcers in florida last year. At that time, he went on sucralfate too.
So, now he is on sucralfate, gastrogard, and succeed and, as you can imagine, it has been a huge expense.
Does anyone have any suggestions on something that I can do for ulcer maintenance besides living on gastroguard, etc.?
For our OTTB he's just on kombat boot (one word? two words?). It was recommended by someone else in the barn and has helped him tremendously. The other horse seems to do wonderful on it as well. I'm not quite sure how the whole thing works as I've been busy finishing up the semester but we gave him tubes for a few weeks and then 1/2 tubes and then just to the kombat boot. So far, so good *knock on wood*
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What has worked for my guy *knock on wood* is a grain free diet with 24/7 hay, alfalfa pellets, rice bran and Ugard powder daily. He's also on 24/7 turnout. He hasn't gained much weight, so we're debating going back on a grain like Carb-guard, but I'm going to give it a month or two more...
Read an article a few years ago about ulcer supplements, but I'm not sure where -- Anyway, it was written by a vet although it seemed to be based on anectodal evidence rather than a study -- It said the usual all horses are different so you have to keep trying supplements until you find something for your horse -- Then, it went on to say that often a supplement only works for a horse for a couple of years, then you're stuck hunting for a new supplement all over again -- Depressing
Surpass didn't work for my gelding -- He did great on Progressive Nutrion's Ulcer Formula, but it's tough to find distributors for that -- A few months after switching barns I weaned him off that supplement, and he's done well -- I do give 1/4 tube of Ulcergard per day beginning 3 days before every trailer ride --
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After I did a gastroguard and a sucralfate treatment with my horse, I was able to keep him ulcer free by using the Neighlox supplement, feeding alfalfa before he received any feed, feeding 3 meals a day vs. 2 meals, as much grass turnout as possible.
This is a great thread for ideas - my mare had one very large ulcer that we treated with 1 tube/day Gastroguard for a month. After treatment we've switched her to pelleted feed that is very gentle on the stomach, she's on ProBios, she gets a scoop of electrolytes/day and we only give her alfalfa hay - she gets as much as she wants to eat. We also have her on as much turnout as possible - unfortunately 24/7 is not possible at the barn we are at right now due to the season, but when she can go out, she's out. I have considered putting her on an ulcer supplement as well, but my vet was not very positive about the effectiveness of oral supplements that you give in their feed. But reading here how it has helped, maybe I will re-think.
Also, she never gets bute unless she absolutely has to. I treat her with Surpass when we work hard (her knees are her tender spot, so after a hard day's work, I'll rub some Surpass on her knees) but since we found her ulcer I have not given her any bute because it is hard on their stomachs. Then again, other than working hard she's never really given me a reason to bute her - if bute were necessary to keep her comfortable, sure I would give her some. But otherwise I avoid it.