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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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Solving Digestive Problems with Daily Gold

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It’s what we all dread.  I walked into my horse Tina’s stall to do the morning feed before turnout and there was no poop.  None.  She’d come in from turnout late last night.  It was now 6 am.  I called the vet.  He said it would be about an hour.  

I was scared and couldn’t think what to do, so I  got a tube of Redmond’s Daily Gold clay and gave it to her.  I gave her another tube 20 minutes later and another 20 minutes after that. Before long, the vet walked in…just as she was pooping.  Whew!  

I love Tina.  She knows when people are sad.  She will go stand by them.  When I lost my Thoroughbred, she literally wrapped herself around me and stood that way for over an hour while I cried.  It was good to give back.  

 

Santos is a retired Heeler.  He won a lot of money and was National Runner-up before he was injured and had to retire.  He was donated to our non-profit equine therapy program and changed from a Heeler to a Healer.  

Santos has diabetes and drinks up to 8 gallons of water a night.  He also always has diarrhea.  I started feeding him Daily Gold every day.  After about a week, I noticed he had only had about 3 gallons of water one night.  I checked him. He seemed to be ok.  I also noticed his poops were firm. (Are you as obsessed with poop as I am? I would never have thought this of myself before horses.) Surprisingly, if I give Santos 2 scoops of Daily Gold each day in his supplements, he does better with his diabetes.  Who would have thought?  

 

-Jolene Green

How Daily Gold Helped Relieve One Horse’s Ulcers and Stress

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I have been feeding the Redmond Daily Gold to my primary Gelding, Ace, for at least 4 years and love it as much now as I did when I first started it!

About 4 years ago I moved my horse, Ace, to a new pasture due to some life changes. He did not handle it well. He dropped weight because he was a very hard keeper and was stressed. He ended up with ulcers. After the initial treatment for the ulcers I still didn’t notice any improvements with him, so a friend suggested that I try the Redmond Daily Gold to see if it would help. I was desperate to help Ace feel better and ordered that day. Within a short time, Ace’s attitude was back to normal and I could see that he was gaining weight back. With the Redmond Daily Gold, I got my happy healthy horse back and he’s been on it since! Daily Gold not only helped Ace’s tummy, but I also noticed that he was calmer at the gate when we competed, wanted to run in every time, and was back to loving his job.

Now Ace continues to love his job and is never gate sour, but rather has a hard time waiting for his turn to go. I am so thankful for the Redmond Daily Gold; it gave me my Ace back happy and healthy!

 

-Stephanie Schelonka

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Carrie's barrel horse

Helping my ulcer stricken high anxiety barrel mare

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by Carrie Kapusta-kriel

I ordered Daily Gold a week ago and started using it on my ulcer stricken high anxiety barrel mare. She was on it for approximately four days before I took her to a barrel race. This horse walked in flat-footed and calm both days at the barrel race. She ran so well that I couldn’t keep up. Highly recommend it.

This is a horse that has had anxiety and also ulcer issues for the past two years, she would be in a lathered sweat just to approach the arena gate. She no longer rings her tail while being saddled. A friend of mine made a comment at the barrel race she had to come up to me to see if it was the same horse. That’s how calm this stuff has made my horse.

I am so thankful to have gotten to use this product because I was at my wits end, if you’re having problems getting it to stick to your feed try a little palm oil that’s what I do and my mare is a very picky eater, she cleans it right up!

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Carrie barrel racing

Josie the wonder mare

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Jose Shady Lady, Josie, is our 22 year old mare. This mare has been used for everything from reining 12-15 years ago, Jr rodeo (barrels and poles), broodmare and now our beloved lesson horse.

Before we started Redmond Daily Gold with her she would drop a lot of weight in the winter time and it would take a long time for her to shed and look nice again. We knew that weight loss sometimes is a side effect of age. We tried supplemented and more feed and didn’t really see much improvement.

We bred her for the last time 3 years ago and I was really worried about how she’d hold her condition over the winter especially pregnant. We started Redmond in the fall while she was pregnant and she kept great weight through the winter. Come spring time she shed out quickly and her coat looked amazing!

She gave us a jet black filly beginning of May 2015. Both Josie and the filly still get Daily Gold every day and both look amazing. I honestly don’t think Josie would have lasted another winter had it not been for Redmond.

Pictured is Josie a few days ago- 22 years young.

Keep my horses drinking on endurance rides

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Elicia Kamberg

I love endurance riding, seeing trails all over the US, going on adventures and hanging out with fun people but I want my horse to enjoy it too. Endurance horses experience stress from traveling and acid builds and bounces in their gut just going down the trail 50-100 miles. All are susceptible to ulcers and many are prone. I use Redmond Daily Gold to keep my horse drinking, their electrolytes balanced and to help keep their tummy calm. When I started feeding a mash with Daily Gold before a trailer ride I saw a improvement in my horses drinking during and after the ride. My horses are my babies and I love finding things that make their lives better.

Crossing stream endurance ride

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!

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Horse with ulcers

Before using Daily Gold.

Horse after using Daily Gold for ulcers

After being on Daily Gold.

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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

Thoroughbred in field

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

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