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    Can horses have Ace in tablet form?

    Can horses have Ace in tablet form? My stall resting horse has to have ace 2-3 times a day and I'm tired of poking him. Can he have it in tablet form in his feed? Thanks!
    "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC

    #2
    You can just squirt the liquid ace on the back of his tongue too. If he will let you. It absorbs fairly quickly.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.
    www.hoofcareonline.com

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      #3
      Yes, ace comes in pill form. Takes about 20-30 minutes to take effect though.

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        #4
        I have used Ace tablets with success. What I did was put the pills in a syringe, then filled it with water (with my finger on the end so it wouldn't drain out) so the tablets would "melt", then squirt in my mare's mouth. If there was any residue left in the syringe, I would just refill with water and sqirt away again. Good luck!

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          #5
          I've used ACE in pill form - I crushed the pills with a hammer and added it to a little bit of grain. Horse ate it fine - takes about 20 minutes are so to work.

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            #6
            Just squirt the liquid in his mouth. It is just as safe as pills, and probably cheaper.
            Laurie

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              #7
              It comes granulated too. If you give the injectable orally you have to give about 5cc, as opposed to 1 - 2 cc IM.

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                #8
                Yes. You can just stuff it in a handful of feed and they usually gobble it right up without knowing it's in there. We never crushed it.

                Per the vet, the pills aren't as effective as other forms of ace. (Injectable has the highest potency.)

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                  #9
                  I used ace granules for months on months on injured stall rest horse. He got two large scoops at time, it was still tricky to hand walk him although the ace helped.

                  Good Luck!

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                    #10
                    Mine is getting 6 cc's of ace every 8 hours and still a bit of bucking and rearing (he"s 4). If it's not as effective I'm not sure that'll work out :-( we go for more shockwave today though so I'll talk to the vet.
                    "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC

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                      #11
                      Ask your vet about reserpine pills. Much more effective than ace, and verycommonly used for stall rest horses.
                      Laurie

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                        #12
                        I use both ace pills and liquid given orally and find that the time it takes to really get on board is longer than others have stated -- I'd say more like 45 minutes to an hour before it really affects them. And then you have a couple of hours where it is in place. I don't even crush the pills - just pop them in some grain, or hollow out a carrot piece and stick them in it and they don't hesitate to eat it.

                        Someone mentioned ace granules - are those still around? I seem to recall my vet saying that you couldn't get them anymore, that's why he has the pills (which are meant for dogs, I think).

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                          Someone mentioned ace granules - are those still around? I seem to recall my vet saying that you couldn't get them anymore, that's why he has the pills (which are meant for dogs, I think).[/QUOTE]

                          I live in BC so no problem getting two bottles of ace granules a week. I would rather use reserpine but my gelding did not respond to anything but ace. Thank god he is sound now and drug free almost still using some L tryptophan for rehab but that will be off that soon. I would try the reserpine first you can use injectable orally, squirt it on some soaked beet pulp.

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                            #14
                            don't feed ace to geldings or stallions!! my brother works at University of Kentucky's Veterinary Research Farm (he's been there 5 years) and they do not use Ace on the geldings or stallions because you can risk 'male' issues with it. I didn't know about it until he started working there because I had used it before on my TB gelding, but apparently it has something in it that can cause the gelding's sheath muscles to relax and let the penis hang out and it can't ever retract it causing problems with urinating, breeding, and infection! I have never had any problems out of my gelding but I won't risk it and he said that they have a lot of horses at the farm that have had this effect from ace!

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                              Originally posted by dixied214 View Post
                              don't feed ace to geldings or stallions!! my brother works at University of Kentucky's Veterinary Research Farm (he's been there 5 years) and they do not use Ace on the geldings or stallions because you can risk 'male' issues with it. I didn't know about it until he started working there because I had used it before on my TB gelding, but apparently it has something in it that can cause the gelding's sheath muscles to relax and let the penis hang out and it can't ever retract it causing problems with urinating, breeding, and infection! I have never had any problems out of my gelding but I won't risk it and he said that they have a lot of horses at the farm that have had this effect from ace!
                              That is a risk, but it's not a definite. I've given it to a lot of geldings with no issues. But it is a good thing to keep in mind, that there is a small chance it could happen.

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                                #16
                                You could give valarian instead. Works for some horses. Ace made my friend's horse more stupid, but on valarian he was managable.

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