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What I did about my barrel horse’s ulcers

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by Marika Skinner, Skinner Performance Horses

In 2015 I sent my main barrel mount away to Arizona for some finishing. While he was away, the stress of a new environment, hard training and not to mention the summer heat in Arizona was too much and he developed a raging case of ulcers. With the ulcers came back pain, behavior issues, weight loss, and a horrible coat. His eyes and coat lost their shine and you could tell he felt as miserable as he looked. After vet visits and diagnosing the ulcers we began treatment but the question came of how to prevent this from happening again? We began our search for a daily preventative. There are a lot of options out there and everyone will point you in a different direction. Most of the products suggested were not something we could have afforded long term. We tried a few with no real results and we came across Daily Gold at our local feed store and we figured we had nothing to lose. After even two weeks we noticed huge differences not only in his physical appearance, but his attitude as well! We had such great results with the one horse we implemented Redmond into our feeding program for every horse we have. We feed it to our babies all the way to our retired geriatrics. We will continue to use Redmond Equine for every horse that comes through our doors!

 

Horse with ulcers

Before using Daily Gold.

Horse after using Daily Gold for ulcers

After being on Daily Gold.

Julie Goodnight: Avoiding Feed-time Frenzy

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Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library—part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy (http://signin.JulieGoodnight.com) now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and MP3s!

For more thoughts from Julie, watch her Horse Master TV show each week on RFD-TV or catch the show online anytime at TV.JulieGoodnight.com and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel and find her on Instagram. Check out her full list of clinics and appearances at: JulieGoodnight.com/calendar

If you keep your horses at home, you’ve probably already developed a routine that makes your job efficient and keeps the horses happy. But if you are new to this, or are looking for helpful hints to make your horse life easier, I’d like to share with you the ‘tricks of the trade’ that I have learned over the decades.

Feed time can be very stressful for the horses, especially when they are only fed twice a day. Nothing could be more unnatural to the horse, since he is designed to eat small amounts all day long. His digestive system is designed to always be full, so when he is fed two lump-sum meals that he finished within an hour or two, his stomach gets empty and he now has 6-8 hours or more to worry about when his next meal is coming. In addition to digestive and emotional stress, horses may also learn to act aggressively or rudely, which is reinforced as soon as you feed them. So it’s important to do what we can to alleviate the stress, by developing a good feed-time routine. Read More

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Our cost effective ulcer treatment

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By Lauren Fischelis, Advanced PATH Intl. Instructor
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I am the Equine Manager at a non-profit therapeutic riding facility in Massachusetts. We have 14 horses in our program and about 90 riders a week. I have recently put all of them on the Redmond’s Daily Gold, having already had previous success with my own personal horse. I have already seen a major difference in all of them. Their coats are so shiny, they are all so relaxed, and their stomachs are doing great, especially our horses with a history of ulcers. Read More

Julie Goodnight: A Horse’s Sense of Fairness

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Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library—part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy (http://signin.JulieGoodnight.com) now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and MP3s!

“Does my horse have a sense of fairness?” Recently, one of my Interactive Academy members asked me this question—a question that no one has ever asked me during my forty years of teaching people to ride horses. I’ve been working with this rider for a while now. She’s working through my 12-month curriculum with her horse to help improve her own horsemanship, as well as advance her horse’s training. Those endeavors involve improving your own leadership skills. Considering her leadership skills led to the question. So, does a horse have a sense of fairness? Read More

Dr. Getty: Gas Colic – Common, but Preventable!

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Gas colic is the least serious form of colic. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s very common. So common, in fact, that it is often overlooked as “just gas,” like you might get when you eat too much pizza. However, never be complacent about gas colic because it can lead to complications such as displacement or twisting of the large colon.[i] Truth is, if you’re feeding correctly, gas colic should not happen. And if it does, then you’re more than likely doing something wrong.  Read More

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What Daily Gold has done for my OTTB mare

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Daily Gold is a part of my mare’s daily routine and I love what it has done for her.

I found her while undergoing rehab after surgery on her knees. She was on stall rest and started on Daily Gold. For a “hot” thoroughbred, being stuck in a stall is not fun, however she handled it all in stride. After 2-1/2 years she is fully recovered from her injuries. Daily Gold remains part of our routine. She looks and feels great. I am grateful for having found Redmond Equine and their products. Read More

How to know if your horse has ulcers and tips to prevent them

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by Julie Goodnight, juliegoodnight.com

Research shows that more horses have ulcers than don’t. The statistics are overwhelming and in some regards, it’s easier to assume a horse has ulcers than to assume he doesn’t. According to the AAEP (American Association  for Equine Practitioners), up to 90 percent of racehorses and 60 percent of show horses, as well as non-performance horses and even foals are affected by equine gastric ulcers. It can affect any horse, regardless of age or circumstance, and often it is a man-made condition, brought on by stress.

Definitively diagnosing ulcers in horses is a challenge because of the specialized equipment needed to scope the horse’s stomach, but a horse with ulcers may show signs of frequent colic, lack of appetite, depressed attitude and a failure to thrive—often referred to as a “hard keeper.” Sometimes we treat the symptoms but forget to address the cause. What causes a horse stress is different for each horse and may be hard to suss out, but it could be something as obvious as a heavy training/travel/competition schedule or something as subtle as a bully in the herd. Confinement, training and performance, feeding procedures, relocation, instability in the herd, isolation or separation could all be contributing factors. I believe we owe it to our horses to make their lives as comfortable and stress-free as we can, and even then, some horses will still have ulcers. 

Besides addressing lifestyle and reducing stress, there are some helpful things you can do to prevent ulcers. Free-feeding a low-protein grass hay will help a lot—keeping the digestive track full, as it was designed to be, is a good place to start. Pharmaceuticals are now available to heal ulcers and are highly effective, but also highly expensive. To me, prevention is key by keeping the horse’s lifestyle as stress free as possible, feeding free choice hay and a balanced diet and by giving them plenty of access to other horses.

Julie Goodnight is an internationally respected trainer and clinician with experience in many types of training. Learn more at juliegoodnight.com

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Horse in snow in the winter

Winter horse care tips

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If you live in an area with real winters or just have a horse that grows in a super heavy winter coat you know that riding and conditioning this time of year can be a challenge. It’s hard to get in good rides not just because of the shorter daylight but because you don’t want to bring back a sweaty horse that is going to stay wet for hours, often past dark if you aren’t able to ride early in the day.

Those of you that have indoor barns are sure lucky but since I know many don’t here are a couple of tips from an endurance rider on how to manage keeping or getting your horse conditioned through the winter months. Read More

Keeping my therapy horses healthy and hydrated

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I have 10 horses. They all have jobs: jumping, driving, lessons, etc., but their most important job is helping people. They are therapy horses. A lot of people depend on them. They depend on me to keep them healthy and hydrated. I depend on Redmond’s Daily Gold,  salt Rocks and Redmond Rock Crushed salt added to their other daily  supplements. I love seeing their water buckets half emptied during the night. Their 100 gallon water trough in turnout has to be filled daily. I love hydrated horses.

horse therapyOne of the favorites of the herd is Donkey. He came to The Barn when he was five months old. He was a rescue. He was being fed 4 squares of dry hay blocks a day, had had no vaccines, vet checks or hoof care. The vet said he hadn’t grown appropriately because he was severely underfed. He was also dehydrated. We put him on free feed, scattered salt rocks, added Daily Gold and Redmond Rock Crushed salt to his morning supplements. Before long, he was healthy, hydrated and well fed. This was extremely lucky for Santos. Santos was a reservist  in the National Healer Competition. He loved his job and had won a lot of money. Then he was put into a slide stop without his slide boots. He was permanently disabled. Everyone who came on the property said he was depressed. Who wouldn’t be? In one moment he lost his health, his job, his herd, his home and his leader. He was donated to our non-profit when it became clear he would never fully recover.   Read More

Kara Posch

Keeping my horse calm before a run

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Six and I just finished up our year at the Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, KY. We had another Great Finals, we were 1st in one round and placed 2nd in another. 

I used the Daily Gold quick relief ulcer syringes every night before running. Six tends to get tense before his run as he anticipates the excitement. If the alleyway at a rodeo is really long it is difficult for me to get him all the way down it while keeping him calm and staying focused. In Louisville the alleyway is really long and downhill. It was important to get all the way to the bottom of the hill so we could have a level approach to the first barrel.

Six stayed calm and collected every night all the way down the alley, which helped us work better as a team together. Thank you Redmond and Redmond products for everything you have done for Six and his health. Redmond’s Daily Gold syringes, Daily Gold and Redmond Rock Crushed have been a big help in keeping Six feeling good throughout the rodeo season. Keeping him eating and drinking  is so important in making him feel good and perform at his optimum. A healthy horse is a happy horse.

Kara Posch

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