You may have seen this on facebook the other day.
Since then, she has done it briefly maybe 3 more times. She stops as soon as I try to take a picture. But this is what the Flehman response looks like.
I asked Guru Connie about this of course.
“She did this when Amy hauled her to my house. Amy was convinced she was choking on my hay but I thought she was having a stomach issue. Then I took her up to the Michigan ride for Stevie the following day and when she got out of the trailer, the same thing. The vet was right there and thought she was either colicing or had ulcers. She got a small does of Banamine and was fine. Stevie rode her in the ride a couple of days later. She did fine….She may need something for her stomach from time to time.”
To complicate matters, Stevie said she was a picky eater, or conviced we’re trying to poison her. And it’s true. Sometimes she’ll take a treat. Sometimes not. She’ll take 3 carrot pieces then sniff the 4th, maybe pick it up, drop it, and look at me like I’m trying to poison her. Anything with molasses is out, it hides poison. An alternative theory is that every time I get on to ride, she thinks I may eat her so thinks I’m trying to fatten her up. To eat.
Stevie gave me a recipie for a ‘stomach mixture’ to be fed once a day starting 3 days before a ride. And I do.
“Stomach Mixture” Recipe
- 5 tums ground to powder
- 3 tbsp finely fresh ground flax seed
- 1 scoop probiotic
- 2tsp baking soda
- Water to mix
But do I need to do more?
My first research stop was Smartpak. There are plenty of supplement options. With information on L-Threonine, L-Glutamine, marshmallow root, aloe vera, gamma oryzanol and other things. Then there’s ULCERGARD; “No other product is FDA-approved to prevent stomach ulcers in horses.” The active ingredient is omeprazole, the same as Prilosec for people.
The options are baffling.
Is the ‘stomach mixture’ enough if I give it every day? Of course then I have to use a syringe. it would be great if she would just eat something.
Ok, there are 17 options for daily supplements on SmartPak alone! Do I try the cheapest? The most expensive? The one with a picture I like? Or the most reviews? Will she eat any of them? Some say they are Picky Eater Approved.
Should I change to Ulcergard for competitions? Is it legal?
I could ask on facebook and I’m sure I’d get plenty of opinions. Or I could ask SmartPak, they have a lot of experience. And I’m going to ask Connie.
But at the end of the day I’ll choose something. And hope it helps.