Does your horse spend a lot of time on the road? If so, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind.
My horse and I are definitely road warriors. We drive three hours to train in North Carolina almost every weekend we’re not at a horse show–and it doesn’t stop there. This weekend, for instance, we hauled our usual three hours on Friday, then to the Aquatread on Saturday, then to our dressage trainer’s on Sunday, and then three hours back home. That’s a LOT of time on the trailer, and it’s a recipe for ulcers.
From the Kentucky Performance Products website:
The prevalence of gastric ulcer damage has been documented in 93% of horses in race training, in nearly 60% of other performance horses, and in 57% of all foals. Recreational horses and broodmares are also at risk.
A research project recently conducted on a band of broodmares at the University of California, Davis revealed that even though the mares had not been exposed to the conditions conducive to ulcers, the occurrence of ulcers in the mares was approximately 70%. Research done on recreational horses showed that ulcer formation can begin in a couple of days when horses are stressed due to travel or other seemingly minor changes in their routine.”
Thankfully, there are great products on the market like Neigh-Lox.
Neigh-Lox’s unique patented formula aids in the maintenance of a normal stomach environment that reduces the risk of gastric ulcers. Long-acting Neigh-Lox neutralizes excess acid and coats the stomach lining for up to 8 hours.
In addition to original Neigh-Lox, Kentucky Performance Products now offers Neigh-Lox Advanced.
The Advanced formula combines the ingredients found in the original Neigh-Lox with a proprietary blend of fermentation solubles and Saccharomyces boulardii (a yeast). These ingredients work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut. By maintaining a healthy gut, Neigh-Lox Advanced reduces the risk of gastric ulcers, colonic ulcers, diarrhea, and colic or laminitis resulting from hindgut imbalances. It also supports the healing of previously irritated or damaged tissue throughout the digestive tract.
Visit KPP’s website to learn about their full line of products for digestive health.
I rely on Neigh Lox to keep my own horse’s ulcers at bay. You should too!
Go Kentucky Performance Products, and Go Riding!