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  • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
    Hazel, is your horse prone to ulcers?

    I have been reading, and I am not quite sure what do to. Apparently having a horse on Omeprezol long term can have some side effects. Sky had only one ulcer incident, so maybe I should not plan on having her on the stuff forever but should save it for shows, etc. Thanks for the tip on probiotics. I will read up on this.
    I am a big fan of the probios, especially for horses who seem, er, digestively sensitive. I get it in smartpaks and it's $20 a month for 2 scoops a day. It is way cheaper if you buy a 5lb bucket but I am not convinced that this stuff doesn't go bad fairly quickly.
    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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    • I haven't read the gazillion posts...just the first page. I am .47 and also have a green horse. She bucked me off last June and I broke my hip...so as you can imagine, I feel completely nervous for next time. I should just sell her and get a mature horse to enjoy, but I just can't sell her until she is trained correctly. Sh is young as well....so...sure wish I was at a boarding stable where I could ride all winter here in mi, but enjoy looking out my back window and seein them there
      I'm not high maintenance, I AM maintenance! EfS

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      • Originally posted by Alterageous View Post
        I am a big fan of the probios, especially for horses who seem, er, digestively sensitive. I get it in smartpaks and it's $20 a month for 2 scoops a day. It is way cheaper if you buy a 5lb bucket but I am not convinced that this stuff doesn't go bad fairly quickly.
        Is that the Probios powder?
        I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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        • Welcome Palgal. We all go through what you are going through. This is a pretty supportive group!

          I am originally from Michigan, so I can relate. That's why I moved south.
          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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          • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
            Is that the Probios powder?
            Yes. Sometimes before a show I might use the paste but the powder is way more cost-effective.
            Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
            you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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            • Hi everyone! Thanks for the sweet comments about Skye. I am having a blast getting to know her. We are at day 5...

              I got her from a family ranch and as I have been introducing her to my barn I realized that she has never worked in an arena with more than 1 other horse... and that horse was probably related to her.

              She came home Saturday - walked right in the barn, settled in like a trooper. I took her in the area for a quick lunge and a 10 minute ride later in the evening. Her old family said she was never ridden in the dark, so another new experience.

              Saturday I rode her with about 7 other horses all working in the area. She kind of got a little twitchy and started sticking her butt out at people passing. I took her out of the area for about 15 minute break. She watched everyone and settled right back down. The barn manager has this huge dressage horse and I swear she was thundering up on my mare's butt just to see what would happen. She does things like that... but not one twitch after her break.

              Great first lesson with her Monday. Our barn has deer that like to pop up at dusk. After my lesson I re-tacked and went back out to try a Western Saddle I have on trial. Thank goodness I had the western saddle on because we had quite the rodeo when the deer popped up. I can add that to the new experiences for Skye. I rode through it - did not get tossed and everything ended well. I think though that I may avoid the deer for a bit until she gets more settled over the next few weeks.

              My big challenge right now is finding a bit I like. We started with a myler snaffle with a chain, but way too much fussy head tossing. I like the stop on it, but, never at the expense of her comfort. I am trying another snaffle with longer shanks. She seemed to do better last night.

              The girl who rode her had the most amazing seat and lighest hands I have ever seen. My trainer admitted that even she has heavier hands than that girl. So, I am just trying to get used to her and find the right equipment that works. My trainer and I think she has a much softer mouth than may have been protrayed. She was using a really big curb piece, but I just don't have the hands to pull that off... so hopefully we will find the right thing soon.

              I am having a blast, but I really need to figure out how to get home after work before 8 for my hubby... he's been pretty good this week too!!!!

              Looking forward to an earlier ride tonight while it is light & with no deer!!!

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              • Welcome, Palgal. There was a section of the thread in which people talked about their accidents. After reading it, I researched and bought a safety vest, which I use all the time now. You may want to consider one.
                I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                  The vet said something about Omeprezol powder. I will have to price this and the "pop rocks." I know there are a hundred CoTH threads on equine ulcers, so I will have to get busy and do my research. If I find any great bargains, I will share.
                  I really like Precision Pharmacy buffered omeprazole powder. Great price

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                  • Originally posted by Event4Life View Post
                    Dewey - how gorgeous is your new guy?! Awww! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with him .
                    I think you meant Pancakes...although I wouldn't mind pretending her horse is mine!
                    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                    • Dewey the stuff I use is called Bio8. Not sure if you have it in the States too. I took my horse to a show in the States a few years ago, which turned out to be a very long trailer ride due to no less than 6 accidents. I gave him a whole tube of probiotic paste just before he stepped on the trailer and no problems at all. My trainer swears by the stuff.

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                      • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                        I think you meant Pancakes...although I wouldn't mind pretending her horse is mine!
                        LOL I definitely meant Pancakes, WHOOPS. And yes, I wouldn't mind pretending her horse is mine either!

                        I hope your mare is getting better, and am glad you got to talk to your DD.
                        "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                        "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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                        • Okay, have any of you felt stalled out periodically in your re-riding? How do you get out of a riding funk?

                          Granted, I only ride once or twice a week, but lately I have just been feeling like I am improving at a snails pace. I started from scratch at dressage this fall and can get my equine partners in a frame and keep them there much more easily now, which is of course key, but when I try to step up horses I feel like there are all these little things that I'm still not getting and some rides lately have not been great. I know I will likely get over it at some point, but man it's frustrating. For the first time I actually want to skip a lesson this week!

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                          • Originally posted by twelvebelles View Post
                            Okay, have any of you felt stalled out periodically in your re-riding? How do you get out of a riding funk?

                            Granted, I only ride once or twice a week, but lately I have just been feeling like I am improving at a snails pace. I started from scratch at dressage this fall and can get my equine partners in a frame and keep them there much more easily now, which is of course key, but when I try to step up horses I feel like there are all these little things that I'm still not getting and some rides lately have not been great. I know I will likely get over it at some point, but man it's frustrating. For the first time I actually want to skip a lesson this week!
                            Yes, that happens to me. In particular, I get frustrated with my gutless ness. I used to be up for anything and now I get heart palpitations at the thought of riding a young or unfamiliar horse. I don't know where that came from as I am really a very good rider and have been complimented many times by many trainers, but I still feel like I suck because I don't have the nerve I used to.

                            I have found the cure for me is to ask if I can hack a horse instead of a lesson-- just go ride and not fuss about where the horses head is or whether I am twisting my right hand or whether I missed that distance AGAIN. I really do like to ride but sometimes I need a break from the criticism!
                            Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                            you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                            • Originally posted by twelvebelles View Post
                              Okay, have any of you felt stalled out periodically in your re-riding? How do you get out of a riding funk?

                              Granted, I only ride once or twice a week, but lately I have just been feeling like I am improving at a snails pace. I started from scratch at dressage this fall and can get my equine partners in a frame and keep them there much more easily now, which is of course key, but when I try to step up horses I feel like there are all these little things that I'm still not getting and some rides lately have not been great. I know I will likely get over it at some point, but man it's frustrating. For the first time I actually want to skip a lesson this week!
                              Maybe you need to not obsess over every little thing. Ask your trainer if you can have a "fun" lesson or even go on a hack. I think when we get so hung up on the details and we forget to look at the bigger picture. Remember you are doing this to have fun, and while it is important to improve, its not the be all and end all. Look back and appreciate how far you've come!

                              disclaimer: I didn't read the above post before writing mine. Clearly great minds think alike! Get out of the arena!
                              Last edited by Event4Life; Jan. 30, 2013, 09:33 PM. Reason: disclaimer added!
                              "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                              "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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                              • Thanks guys, the hacking out is good advice. For some reason I never thought of that, probably because its so freaking cold out, and also I do think I've got a bad case of improve-itis. The barn I ride at now is a little rigid, but I will give it a try and ask.

                                Alterageous, I have the exact same problem with gutlessness. I've learned to trust my trainer - she is very conservative, which is good for me - but I wish I wasn't such a weenie!

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                                • Event4Life - we are FURTHER apart now! LOL BUT next time I'm headed to the Dub, as we affectionately call Wilmington, I'll give you a holler and you can give me a tour of your Pony Palace!!

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                                  • OK, everyone whose horse has ulcer problems, here's what I decided to do. Since Sky is coming to the end of her UlcerGard treatment, I am ordering "pop rocks" from this company, Abler. They have a program in which you get 20 free packets (with a shipping cost of $12.95) to try the product. It's enough for a week or so depending on the horse's weight. Then if you like the product, you send them an email, and they send you 80 more packets for $162.05. Here's the link:

                                    http://www.abler.com/products/abprazole-try-b4-u-buy

                                    I figure I can try the product to make sure Sky will eat it, and then finish out her omeprazole treatment for another month or so with the stuff. After that I will start her on probiotics for long-term.

                                    I found out that this company also sells omeprezole in tubes for considerably less than I paid for the UlcerGard, so I may order some tubes from them to keep on hand for away shows and other potential stressful situations. I also discovered that there is a company in Canada that sells a similar product for racehorses that is even cheaper. I have to see what I can find out about them. I found all this out from searching old threads here on CoTH. Amazing!
                                    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                                    • Good luck, Dewey. Keep us posted.
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • I am in a saddle dilemma. I have found a Prestige that I like well enough, that is very affordable relative to retail such that I could probably make back everything I paid for it when/if I sell, if not a little extra.

                                        I also really liked the very affordable dover circuit special eq, which is obviously cheaper but does not have the resale at all. Both fit the horse passably. One ties up a lot less $$ than the other, resale aside. I can't really decide between them!
                                        Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                        you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                                        • I just had the most strange /weird PM I have ever gotten in my entire time on Coth.
                                          I was accused of trashing someone through emails and PM's when all I know about the person is what I've read here on this board.
                                          Why would someone do this? What have I done to this person? I do not know but what ever it is she seems to think I have done her wrong and has made it her job to spread roomers about me ( maybe true about someone else but not me).
                                          I just hope that if any of you have received a PM from someone on this board and the subject matter is me.. I hope none of you believe it. I have not received the PM, have no desire to. I do not wish to see it. I can say this I am glad I do not have a "friend" like her.. but if you wish to believe it and wish me to go that is fine I will. If you wish to believe the screwy ranting of someone who is apparently mentally ill that is fine I will leave. Your choice.
                                          Friend of bar .ka

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