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After the Gastrogard, Which digestive aid?

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  • After the Gastrogard, Which digestive aid?

    After Gastrogard...Which digestive aid to help prevent ulcers?

  • #2
    I used U-Gard and alfalfa, then took my mare off the U-Gard. She has done just fine with only alfalfa. I give GastroGard during shows and when trailering.


    • #3
      I think I've tried everything and he's now on Omeprazole for the rest of his life.


      • #4
        Succeed granules daily plus Ulcergard when traveling is what does it for ours.
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        • #5
          Everyone has their favorite! Mine is Gastro-Ease, only place I've been able to find it is thru Farmvet.Since on this daily I do not have to gastro/ulcerguard for travel or shows


          • #6
            I've been using SmartGut for about a year after a course of G-Guard and a followup scope showed a fabulous stomach Nothing extra for trailering or showing.
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            • #7
              alfalfa pellets


              • #8
                Nothing in the way of "digestive aids," but sensible changes to overall diet and lifestyle. And UG when traveling or showing.


                • #9
                  there is a papaya puree that is supposed to help
                  I used it for a while, can't say I noticed much difference. Also have used TractGard (FoxDen Equine). But I don't know that anything really works. Now my horses all eat hydroponic barley grass (home sprouted). That's what they fed to Big Ben (the Canadian show jumper). They also seem happy and healthy on that.


                  • #10
                    I was advised to make sure he mine had hay or grass in front of him all the time, especially an alfalfa mix, rather than two or three feedings a day.

                    Also, Aloe Vera, available very cheaply from Wal-Mart is said to be soothing,
                    but know of no real studies. Racetrack people I know use it for digestive upsets.
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                    • #11
                      U-Gard, one scoop of powder a day has been working so far.


                      • #12
                        My friend has a horse that is ulcer prone and treated with GG in the past. She has had great luck using the U-Gard and alfalfa pellets for the past several years. U-Gard pellets have Aloe vera juice in them in addition to Magnesium.

                        I know alot of people who have had great success with SmartGut too.

                        If you want an ulcer preventative that does not have magnesium or calcium carbonate (many vets recommend not feeding these for the long term) Uckele's GUT is great.


                        • #13
                          My boarder used SmartGut. It seemed to work really well. We gave him 1/4 dose of UlcerGard before and during a stressful event.
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                          • #14
                            I think the first thing is to look at why the ulcers were there in the first place........before you develope a plan of action......for horse developed ulcers after a round of bute.......the solution was simple more bute....and we've had no more ulcers.

                            If its stress....reduce stress.......maybe look at a change of diet........more hay, add alfalfa, reduce or eliminate grain.....change of environment???



                            • #15
                              I don't use a digestive aide all of the time.

                              But when I had a high stress horse I used slippery elm bark.
                              that is what I use now when I give bute and am on the road showing.

                              vitaminwearhouse used to carry it but I can't seem to find it there...

                              I found it listed on this site though. I ordered some last week actually.
                              Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                              • #16
                                Our vet was recommending Succeed for my friend's horse,, but has begun to prefer Smartgut. Her horse has been doing well on that.


                                • #17
                                  Changed her diet to include alfalfa at every meal. Added Smartgut to her Smartpak. Will give omeprazole granules for showing/clinics/travel. I also make sure she gets a little mini-flake of alfalfa to eat before a lesson or a regular ride at home, too.