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My horse has been diagnosed with ulcers. What should I do next?

Tanja Dietz


5 Min. Lesezeit

You might not be a full-time competition rider, but you do have some ambition? Is your horse making great progress, and you’d like to show what the two of you have achieved? If that’s the case, you will be showing this season. That’s what many other riders do. It’s a fact that rider/horse teams have to perform better, these days. If you want to be among the winners, you can’t afford to hold back. Have you thought of everything – or do still leave a thing to chance?

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Your training schedule is perfectly planned, because your teacher knows his stuff. Your feeding management is flawless in meeting your horse’s demands down to the last grain. You grant you horse necessary breaks, because you don’t want to ask too much of him. You take care that there is no struggle with stall neighbors, and you let your horse just be himself on the pasture often.

You are aware that your horse needs anything but stress. For this reason, you have eliminated any factors that could lead to negative pressure as far as humanly possible. You can’t do more. Maybe a wellness holiday with your horse?

Is your horse really 100% relaxed?

Have you noticed that your horse shows discomfort now and again despite all you have done to prevent it? Does he dance around, when you try to cinch the saddle belt? Or does he grind his teeth?

Many riders don’t think much about it, and don’t pay enough attention to these signs. But in fact, these small things could point to stomach problems, even to big, serious problems. So, it is absolutely crucial not to ignore these little symptoms. Not only their health is suffering, but also their performance!

When stomach problems start to show, it is easy not to notice that the performance is suffering. However, when competing in a show, your horse needs to be able to give his 100%.  Otherwise, he won’t stand a chance. Even 5% less than that could be enough to mark the difference between a champion and a participant who did quite well.

Daan Horn, who owns an international competition stable in the Netherlands – and many successful stallions -, has made this experience. Now, he feeds his hoses Equine 74 Gastric regularly, because the well-being of his horses is very important to him. His horses are much more relaxed now (because their stomach doesn’t bug them any more). So they can fully tap into their potential.

Do you wish the same for your horse? Read here, what Daan Horn reveals about the crucial 5%.

The last 5% make the difference – Equine 74 makes it possible for top horses!

Daan Horn.jpgThe combination of top-stallions, such as Numero Uno and his son Van Gogh and an international sport stable is the well-made match of one of the leading horse enterprises in the Netherlands.

We are talking about De Wiemselbach, the home of family Horn. Daan Horn is managing the whole enterprise and when it comes to ulceration problems, he trusts the effect of Equine 74 Gastric.

Talking about stomach ulcers and sport horses. Did you have to come into contact with that subject?

"Unfortunately, yes. What the sport requires from the horses nowadays is partly responsible for that. In order to keep up with international competition, we need on the one hand, always horses that stand high in blood and that are equipped with a lot of nerves. On the other hand, top horses have to be at a competition almost every week, and they have to fly around the globe for that. This combination is not so compatible. Horses that stand high in blood are often prone to stress. It happened to one of our younger stallions. He didn´t eat well and lacked enthusiasm when being worked. The result of an endoscopy showed that he was suffering from a stomach ulcer. He was then given Omeprazole."

Does the stallion get Omeprazole still today?

"No, we have changed to Equine 74 Gastric now. Omeprazole, in the form of (probably the best known medicine containing this active ingredient), is very expensive in the long term. And my feeling is, that Equine 74 Gastric has the same effect. Moreover, I see another advantage with Equine 74 Gastric."

Which would be?

"Equine 74 Gastric is very suitable as a precaution for stomach problems. I can give it as a supplement to my sport horses and stallions daily. I have made the experience, that the horses feel good, they are happy and for those reasons enjoy their work. The direct consequence is, what everyone wants, instead of 95%, they give 100% in the course."

Are you of the opinion that exactly these 5% matter?

Principally, yes. I do believe that each one of the top 100 horses of the world is able to win a Grand Prix. However, at the end of the day, what it depends on is the form of the day on that occasion. Those last 5% can make the difference. Looking at the whole picture, none of us can let this opportunity pass by – the competition is too strong for such a risk taken.

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