Hi, just in case it may help, why not take a look at the new Top Spec Ulsa Kind Cubes. Even the best equine antacids from the vet only stay in the gut for about an hour, whereas these will stay in the gut and work for 6 hours, which is a massive improvement. I have seen some very good reults from this product so far and it has received good feedback.
We have quite a stressy little pony. We have never gone down the vet route, but in the past I spoke to my instructor about her reactions to girthing and her sensitivity in this area. She recommended Thunderbrook feeds gut restore, and the lady who runs this company was really helpful. After a month the pony seemed a lot more settled and looked amazing. She shimmered like bronze and won a veteran inhand class based on her condition. Mail order food isn't as easy as the local store, and it wasn't cheap. I was mixing it with top spec top chop lite so I continued to feed this and started to use the TS balencer. I then went to an open day and spoke to a dengue rep about another pony. She convinced me to try hifi lite, saying TSTCL had a light coating of oil, and the hifi lite had a very light coating of molasses but was that light it was ok for laminitics. The other pony liked it and was loosing the desired weight. So I tried the stressy pony on it and she seemed ok. The hifi is a larger bag and is cheaper so I swapped but was still feeding TS balancer. Stressy seemed a bit girthy so I swapped balancer, wondering if it was pellets fault, to the powder one the fat pony was having. Still girthy and starting to be sensitive when doing front of rug up. Started her on NAF gut product, but didn't like it and wouldn't eat it! Had a good prod around the other day and she was really sensitive. Spoke with vets who will only prescribe gastroguard if endoscope is used to diagnose ulcers. They recommended an of the shelf product which has been ordered from a local ish tack shop. shop was good and gave me some free sample sachets, weeks supply. Got a bag of baileys ultra grass to mix with. Have also ordered Thunderbrook feed. Just wondered if a squirt of gaviscon would relieve her abit in the mean time. It really helped me when pregnant.
Suck it and see! Most medicines for humans and horses are the same, my Dad used to take Bute in the 60's , the sedative Vets use was developed for humans with heart problems. Many years ago one of the universities was doing research into a link between crib bitters and stomach ulcers in horses, most that are scooped have them, my stallion cribbed when in and on hard food, never at grass. I hope this is of help.
Moral - first off look to your management and feeding regime! I haven't gone into Thunderbrook, but general recommendations for stress/ulcers is a constant supply of fibre feeds and turnout while as much as possible removing stress from the pony's life.
TS do have a very good telephone helpline, it might be worth a chat with them.
Has this pony ever had laminitis and have you ever had a qualified Physio check her over?
My little welsh was very sore behind his girth area after having a very mild bout of lami. It's very common area to become sore because of the way the pony holds themselves to relieve pressure off the feet.
My pony had also strained himself playing in the field and the girth area is one of the areas where he becomes tight.
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