Whether your horse is injured, ill or in recovery, or being sheltered from a storm, horses that are stalled and confined are known to have high digestive acidity and are more prone ulcer problems. Horses are grazers and designed for continuous movement to aid their digestion and greater well being. Also, they are social animals and need the interaction of others for their mental health. Confining a horse to a stall for the better part of the day for any reason, can trigger all kinds of ulcer indicative behaviors from: wood chewing, wind sucking/cribbing, pawing and digging, to putting their head in the corner in depression, and even aggressive behavior towards humans.
Events like hurricanes and wildfires force owners and caretakers to nearly panic to get horses out of immediate danger and find new temporary boarding facilities, while damaged ones are repaired rebuilt. Temporary rescue locations usually only offer limited space when they get large influxes of horses. This can make trailering, stalling and extended confinement very likely. It is important to find natural ways of counteracting the stress chemistry induced in horses when enduring rescue conditions. Nutrient Buffer® naturally reduces colic and neutralizes the excess digestive acidity that aggravates and causes ulcers - without compromising digestive absorption - and it's safe for daily continuous use.
When the barometer drops, the air pressure on the body drops and allows the tissues to swell - causing lymphatic congestion. Movement is helpful to proper lymphatic flow and helps to prevent inflammation. Cold and stormy weather makes trailering, stalling and confinement more compromising on sensitive horses. Severe cold causes increased acidity, which then draws more intensely on the body’s ability to counteract that. Nutrient Buffer® neutralizes excess acidity and helps reduce colics.
Nutrient Buffer® added to the feed several times per day, and intermittent dosing of 60㏄ when a horse shows signs of stress will help within 5-10 minutes to mitigate behavior such as: playing with the tongue; yawning; looking at the their sides; cribbing; wind sucking; wood chewing; pawing; digging and eating dirt; putting head in the corner. Horses that eat abnormal foodstuffs like wood and dirt are trying to put something in their stomachs that will absorb the excess acid generated from the stress of stalling.
When Nutrient Buffer® is a regular addition to any program where horses are also on Bute® or Banamine®, it can help prevent ulcers that NSAID drugs are well known to cause.
Nutrient Buffer® dosed at 60㏄ just 5 minutes before presenting feed will help eating behavior in horses who tend to be off feed.
Nutrient Buffer® dosed every couple of hours while trailering long distances helps horses cope with the stress of trailering. Many professionals think Nutrient Buffer® is essential for trailering, especially over long distances. Our Biochemist also formulated a product called Sanity®, for stressful events when muscles are constantly bracing such as where the horse is in a moving trailer and confined. Hauling is perhaps the most stressful stalling or confining condition a horse can ever face, especially over long distances like state to state - or coast to coast.
You can purchase both Nutrient Buffer® and Sanity® together, and learn more about our whole line of supplements and feed, on our Equine Plus® website.
Nutrient Buffer® is versatile enough to be used daily for horses in every walk of life. With drugs like H₂ Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), the body can build a tolerance and require higher dosages over time, while Nutrient Buffer® works the same all the time, every time - with the added benefit of helping resolve colic situations when you need it the most.
Since Marion Dupont-Scott did their classic ulcer study decades ago, showing that race horses tend to dump a lot of stomach acid at the break from the gate, Nutrient Buffer® has been one of the most widely used digestive aid buffering supplements for horses prior to stressful conditions. According to many prominent race track veterinarians, it helps horses race better.
Whether your horse is injured or ill and in recovery, ulcers are known to become a problem in stalled and confined horses. Horses are grazers and designed for continuous movement to aid their digestion and well being.
Nutrient Buffer® has been demonstrated to aid horses with anemia by reducing the binding of iron to lactoferrin and releasing it into the blood and tissues.
A gastric ulcer is essentially a sore on the wall of the stomach, duodenum or even hind gut/large intestine. It is caused by excessive acid secretion by the stomach when there is either no food in the stomach to absorb the acid, or a stimulated excess secretion of acid due to stressful conditions that the horse is under.
Excess acidity and diet problems can provoke a colic attack. Race track veterinarians both use and recommend Nutrient Buffer® as a first approach in colic cases, often eliminating the need for costly surgery. It is the "original" natural digestive aid buffering supplement that helps soothe the gut, and aid in relaxation so the impaction can pass.
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Equine Ulcers & Colic in Horses
Ulcers are common in all kinds of horses. Learn how to spot the signs of a potential ulcer, what you can do, and how stomach scoping can be helpful.
Drugs have many shortcomings, and H₂ Blockers have some unique ones. When your horse builds a tolerance after prolonged daily use, you find yourself continually increasing the dosage to achieve the same results.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) shut down excess acid production in the stomach. Accurate dosing can be very tough to estimate, and excessive use can lead to poor digestion of food and longer term health problems.