Natural Plan Stomach Soother reviewed by Horse Journal in 2005 & 2012

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What a long way we’ve come!  The prestigious Horse Journal in March of 2005 published an article about horse ulcers.  At that time, there was still much debate as to whether or not all horses even had ulcers in the general horse community.  The Horse Journal article did a lot to explain and educate people on the symptoms, signs and  treatments  of horse ulcers and stomach issues.  At that time, they reviewed 19 products, Natural Plan Stomach Soother being one of them.

Their bottom line was that they preferred U-gard Solution.  However, they found “similar rapid results were obtained with (Natural Plan) Stomach Soother”.  Their point of difference at the time was that U-gard was less expensive.  We’d like to point out however, that the cost is negligible when you consider that you may have to use 4 oz. per dose as opposed to 2 oz..  Also, considering that long-term use of calcium & magnesium (the other guy’s active ingredients) has negative side effects, while NPSS has none, the choice is clear.

At that time, in 2005, the Horse Journal listed 19 remedies.  When they published an update on this subject, in June of 2012, only 12 were listed.  And of these 12, only 3 are from the original 19 remedies that were listed back in 2005.  Natural Plan Stomach Soother is one of them (the others being the Pro-CMC & U-gard).  Entering our 10th year of business, we feel blessed to be one of oldest branded alternative digestive remedy on the market.  Our customers find rapid relief for their horses from the discomfort of ulcers, diarrhea, weaning and more.  They appreciate the fact that they can mix other medications like Bute into our tasty Natural Plan Stomach Soother and not have their horse spit out the medication or suffer side effects such as digestive discomfort from antibiotics.

We love the fact that so many horses (and some owners!) have tried our product and have found it useful.  They’ve informed us about uses beyond our initial scope – such as using it for dogs, cats, llamas and alpacas.  Our customers have told us that it’s made their horse calmer or happier.  Travel weary customers have tried it on themselves and let us know how good it made their stomach feel.

 

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Horses Love the Taste of Natural Plan Stomach Soother

We love hearing from our customers.  Natalie H.L. wrote to tell us,

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“My horses will run down to get their Natural Plan Stomach Soother!  We actually use this as a huge part of their everyday diet and definitely before we go in the arena.  We also give it to them mostly in a large dosing syringe and now they don’t get so freaked out when they see a syringe.”

“Legs” Feeling Great & Showing It with Natural Plan Stomach Soother ™

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Horses feel good on Natural Plan Stomach Soother ™

Mini’s Benefit from Natural Plan Stomach Soother – Makes Moving to a New Home Easier

One of the most stressful events in your life can be moving to a new home – all the commotion, running around and anxiety.  And that’s just getting there.  Once at your new home, there are new routines, faces, surroundings – it can be a lot to take in.  It’s no different for your animal.  There is always stress and a period of adjustment – but you can help.

One of the easiest ways to make the transition to a new home go smoothly is to soothe their stomachs so that they don’t get digestive upset from the move.  Ellen F. tells us her story about her mini, Kodie.

She writes:

“I was introduced to Natural Plan Stomach Soother ™ by a friend, whom I bought my mini from.  She sent me home with a few bottles, and a wealth of information (about the product).  I used Natural Plan Stomach Soother for a few days in order to help Kodie better adjust to his new home.  NPSS is absolutely amazing.  Kodie never went off his feed.  He actually never missed a beat.  We use it for everything.  If we have a horse that stresses from trailering, diarrhea, or maybe one that has decided they don’t feel like drinking much.  Natural Plan Stomach Soother does exactly what it says, soothes.  What a wonderful product.  I am incredibly thankful I was introduced to Natural Plan Stomach Soother!”

Such nice words Ellen – it’s great that Kodie was able to make such a good transition to his new home by  using NPSS.

Why Lisa Lewis-Greene is On the Plan – Natural Plan Stomach Soother

ImageLisa Lewis-Greene is a top level eventer and trainer.  She is currently based out of Three Charm Farm in Southampton, New Jersery – one of that state’s top equestrian facilities.  She needs to be her best as do her horses.  One of the problems she encountered was when she needed to trailer her KWPN FEI Dressage Horse, Picasso’s Bleu.  He would get very nervous and resist getting into the trailer.

After discovering Natural Plan Stomach Soother, Lewis-Greene told us:

“Stomach Soother is truly a phenomenal product that really works.  What I love about Natural Plan Stomach Soother is that my horses love the taste – they literally bite the syringe as I am dosing!  I started using NPSS several years ago for my KWPN FEI Dressage horse, Picasso’s Bleu.  When we bought “Pablo” in 2007, he was very nervous about trailering.  I cold tell from the minute I brought out the shipping boots – he would spin around the stall and gell all worked up.  In the trailer, he was a nervous wreck and would kick in the trailer until we started moving.  I sensed he got a queasy stomach when he shipped, so I tried him on Stomach Soother.  It worked like a charm!  I gave Pablo a 60 cc syringe (the recommended dose) before putting shipping boots on and each trailer ride got better and better.  Now I can put on his shipping boots in his stall WITHOUT a halter, he self-loads and stands like a champ.  No more butterflies or nervous stomach.  Natural Plan Stomach Soother works well on any horse that tends to have anxiety about training, trailering, clipping, showing, or during times of colic & diarrhea, to name a few.  I also like to give NPSS when giving medications – it helps hide the taste of bitter medications like bute.  This is a product that every equestrian should have in their trailer and tack box.  Thank you Natural Plan Stomach Soother!”

Wow – those are some nice words.  Picasso’s Bleu is lucky that Lewis-Greene made the connection between the resistance to trailering and a nervous stomach.  It has become common knowledge that many, many horses suffer from ulcer and digestive issues.  Using Natural Plan Stomach Soother provides so many benefits – first – it’s all natural, second, it’s far less expensive than traditional medications, third, the horses like taking it and most importantly, IT WORKS.  Lisa Lewis-Greene isn’t the only one who thinks so – visit the website www.stomachsoother.com and read other testimonials.

Can I Use Something Other Than Pharmaceuticals to Prevent Gastric Ulcers? Answer: Papaya!

This was published by Carey Williams, Ph.D., Equine Extension Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and reviewed by Shari C. Silverman V.M.D., Senior Veterinarian, Division of Animal Health, New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Can I use something other than pharmaceuticals to prevent gastric ulcers?

My 20 year old horse has colicked 6 times over the last year. He has responded well to pharmaceutical treatment the last three times. We assume that his colic is due to ulcers and have since added oil, beet pulp, and lots of alfalfa to his diet and put him on a daily 1/4 tube of a pharmaceutical treatment. He seems to have bloomed both with muscle and coat since we’ve made the changes (and no more colic – fingers crossed). While I’m relieved and pleased with the results, the cost is killing me. Are there any other ways of dealing with his ulcer issues?

The cost of pharmaceutically treating and preventing ulcers is considerable! However, with some horses there is no alternative treatment. You might consider trying papaya supplementation, although there is no research supporting its efficacy against ulcers in horses. Some people feed papaya pills (the human variety) to their horses, others try the pulp, and some give a whole fruit a day.

Stress is a very common cause of ulcers. One management practice you can employ to reduce stress is to keep ulcer-prone horses outside as much as possible. This is the best way to decrease their stress. Some horses can develop ulcers as soon as 24 hours after being stalled if they are used to being kept outside.

Another cause of ulcers is excess gastric acid in the stomach. Unlike humans, horses produce gastric acid 24 hours a day, not just when eating. Feeding hay free choice will help buffer gastric acid. Alfalfa hay has been shown to have good buffering ability due to its high calcium content; however, you do not want to feed free choice alfalfa. Continue feeding “lots of alfalfa,” but make sure the rest of the hay in the diet is good quality grass hay. Try these management changes once the horse is clear of ulcers, as he might not want to consume free choice hay if he currently has ulcers.

Decreasing any other stressors affecting your horse would also help. Once you have taken steps to reduce his stress, try implementing some of these changes and see if they help with decreasing the severity or incidence of ulcers. These changes should be made after consulting with your veterinarian and discussing the risk factors in discontinuing the pharmaceutical treatment.

Answer provided by Carey Williams, Ph.D., Equine Extension Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and reviewed by Shari C. Silverman V.M.D., Senior Veterinarian, Division of Animal Health, New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

PapayaforHorses here – try natural before you try expensive meds!