Arthritic &Finicky Eater Gets on the Plan – Eats Heartily, Maintains Weight with Stomach Soother

Natalie V. told us her story,

Dear Stomach Soother,

About nine years ago, my parents bought me my dream horse, a 16.0 hand, Thoroughbred gelding named Miller.  I gave him the show name of “My Alibi”.  Immediately his dressage and eventing was unmatched.  His ability and our bond grew as we went through the hardships and hurdles of teenage life together.  We were inseparable (hence his show name…).  However, a few years after we bought him horrible stifle arthritis began to develop – initiated by previous years on the track. 

He began to become a VERY finicky eater with tomach ulcers and was constantly in pain from the arthritis.  Countless cortisone shots later, we decided it was time to let him live a happy and long ife free of pain, but his eating never improved.  My mother, trainer and I researched and researched trying countless of eating supplements and spending thousands of dollars on weight gainers, but Miller refused to even consider the majority of them, choosing to not eat at all over eating his grain with a mysterious product.  I am now in college and recently went to a tack store (the English Horn in Washington, PA) and saw your product.  Something about it made me pick it up and think about my horse.  I decided to try it but was very skeptical it would turn out the same as the rest.  I gave the brochure to my trainer, who shard the “it’s too good to be true” feeling I had.  To our surprise, Miller LOVED it. 

I don’t know if you know how big of a compliment that is to your product, but just emphasize, he won’t eat without it and literally runs to his dish when he knows grain with Natural Plan Stomach Soother ™ is there.  This never, ever, happened before with another product.  I just wanted to send out a huge thank you to your company.  It broke my heart every day when I went to visit him and see he ws about 200 lbs. underweight and refusing to eat. 

Your product is bringing out the horse in him (physically and mentally) that I knew when I first purchased him years ago and I can’t thank you enough for that.  If anyone ever doubts this product or has skepticism like did, please share this story.  I would love to help another horse and owner like you helped me by sharing the power this product has.  Once again…thank you, thank you, thank you!

-Natalie V. and Miller (aka “My Alibi”)

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Try & Try Again – When Meds Can’t Help Gastric Ulcers in Horses – Getting on the Plan Helps

Caring for animals can be difficult at times – they can’t tell you what’s wrong, and they can’t tell you if something is working.  You have to figure it out for yourself.  Especially with something like gastric ulcers, signs can be subtle, like not eating well & being a hard keeper, or they can be severe – causing your horse obvious distress.  So you try a lot of things and see what works.

Valerie H. of Haines Stables in Illinois has a  Standard-bred racehorse that showed very sign of ulcers.  “He did not eat well, he would not gain weight, and he was only racing marginally.”  Valerie said she tried “Gastro-guard, Pepto-Bismol (pink bismuth) and Gastro-aid on my horse with absolutely no results.”  She then came across Natural Plan Stomach Soother(tm), a natural alternative remedy for stomach distress.  She had tried meds, she was turning to nature.

She says that since she put him on the product, “He has won 2 races, gained weight, and is looking great.  It (Natural Plan Stomach Soother(tm)) works.  I truly believe in this product.”

Donna B., an avid horsewoman suspected her daughter’s polocrosse/event horse may also be experiencing some degree of ulcers.  Her horse gradually began to lose weight.  “He is normally a very easy keeper, but he became discontented with his normal training routine and his coat looked mildly dull,” recalls Donna.  Her vet recommended Natural Plan Stomach Soother(tm) and “within 36 hours of being on Stomach Soother, his attitude and energy dramatically improved.  He gained weight back and continues to improve every day.  I have never seen such a fast response to any medication.”

Valerie just wishes she had found it sooner – it would have saved money and time.

EPM Horse w/ Pre-existing Ulcers benefits from Natural Plan Stomach Soother

Donna Bottner, an Eventer, Horse Trial Organizer & Pony Club mom recently recounted about her 10-year old thoroughbred who was diagnosed with EPM.  EPM is Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, a disease caused by a protozoal infection of the central nervous system of a horse.  It may be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are sometimes general and/or subtle – such as lameness which can range in degree and cause.  It is estimated that 60-80% can be saved if it is caught early and treated.  Luckily, it can not be passed from horse to horse.

Once a horse is diagnosed, treatment begins.  However, as is often the case, there are sometimes side-effects to those treatments.  Donna explains, “(after my vet) diagnosed my horse with EPM, he chose treatment with Navigator (Idexx) and we began dosing the day after the diagnosis was confirmed by the lab (as well as previous and ongoing neurological examinations).  For the first 5 days everything was fine, as we only gave half a dose.  On day 6, the first day of the full dose, he developed symptoms of colic within one hour of medication  My horse had colic symptoms within 30-60 minutes for the next 11 days.  I tried everything, adding fat to his diet and experimenting with time of day and feeding before and after medication.  Nothing worked.  I was very discouraged and at wit’s end as to how to make it through this very difficult time.  I had gone through more Banamine than any horse should have to tolerate to keep him from colicking.”

She continues, “I spoke with a veterinarian (Dr. Stan Carroll, WV) who had done field trials with Navigator and had vast experience treating EPM horses.  Dr. Carroll recommended Natural Plan Stomach Soother (TM) because he said my horse most likely suffered from pre-existing ulcers and the medications (we found Banamine adds to ulcer distress in the long-term personally).  My vet also took a blood test and confirmed the results were consistent with a horse with ulcers. ”

“Within 36 hours of administering 60 cc of Stomach Soother ™, twice daily, we no longer had to worry about colic.  My horse began gaining his happy attitude back and was not suffering from the treatment.  that was an amazing turnaround!  I plan to continue to give him Natural Plan Stomach Soother daily. Post EPM treatment he is happy, healthy, sound and full of energy.  THere is no doubt in my mind that Stomach Soother made all the difference in how he tolerated the EPM treatment.  there are many good ulcer products on the market, but I like the fact that this is a natural digestive aid and is less than half the cost of Succeed or UlcerGard.”

“I believe any performance horse can benefit from this product.  We love our horses & treat them well, but we were blind to what was happening internally.  We keep them fit and active and now, thanks to Natural Plan Stomach Soother ™, much healthier and happier too!”

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!