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Does your horse have ulcers?

We’ve had quite a few questions and inquiries lately about the ulcer treatment we sell, so to answer some of those questions…

My mom, Shelly Mueller, grew up riding and training horses, but was also a food science major in college.  Combine the two and you get a lady who likes to come up with natural remedies for treating problems in horses.  She does a lot with herbs, but the one product that has become extremely popular is the hindgut buffer for treating ulcers.  Here’s how it works:

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as wood chewing and weaving. Unfortunately, this is often a risk when feeding today’s rich concentrate feeds, and it all goes back to the evolution of the horse’s digestive system. That system was designed to process large amounts of high-fiber, poor-quality forage, rather than today’s richer diets.

Top Performance Ulcer Management Powder was designed to raise the ph of the hindgut and thus alleviate a lot of the problems associated with the lifestyles of today’s horses.  Raising the ph of the hindgut has shown to improve digestibility and absorption of feed and supplements and also has proven to greatly reduce ulcer symptoms. These symptoms may include poor weight gain and hair coat, tendency to be cinchy or pull back when saddled, tendency to have a cold back, cribbing, loose manure, soreness in the back , irritability, tendency to lay down more than normal and lack of appetite.

All horses we have placed on this hindgut buffer have experienced weight gain and they have a more fit look. We have noticed a lot of “quirky” behaviors disappear after a few days on it.  It has proven to not only prevent ulcers, but to also rid the horse’s system of existing ulcers.

I keep every horse on our place on the buffer. Along with it we recommend a feed low in starch and high in fat and digestible fiber. This would contain beet pulp, oil, and rice or oat hulls. There are many good feeds on the market designed for this purpose. This will take a lot of the load off your horse’s digestive system while maintaining their performance level.

More information can be found at www.topperformanceequine.com.

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Braden’s First Wrestling Dual!

He got pinned in his first match and pinned his guy the second match, but most importantly he had a blast! Play by play below…

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Wild at Heart

I read an article in this month’s Horse Digest that was too good not to share.  It was written by Al Dunning, and you can read the full article here or read some of my favorite parts below.

One of the things we often take for granted is how much a horse really wants to please us, and how humble a creature they have to be to allow us to control the way they live and the way they act.  From the article:

“There is something truly remarkable about the fact that a thousand-pound horse has the capability of easily overpowering you, but he doesn’t.  Horses are wild at heart but basically gentle creatures, and they allow people to mold them and train them.  Most men have something in them that compels them to conquer, especially something as strong and powerful as a horse.  But if you try to fight a horse, you’ll be in trouble.  You won’t win. If you’re able to understand him, however, he will come to you and will allow you to ask him to do things he wouldn’t do on his own.  If you think about that, it’s truly amazing we can have that relationship with the horse.”

I strongly believe that for a horse to be really competitive, you can’t take the spirit out of them.  You can teach them to respect you but you have to let them have that edge that fuels their desire to win.  There’s a fine line between a spoiled horse and a confident horse, but it’s something that we as trainers need to find and respect.   From the article:

“With horses, it’s your job to get the most out of them, but you must ask for their best without going too far.  Knowing where that line is requires knowing the particular horse – its mannerisms, expressions, and its natural inclinations.  Some people like to keep horses as pets, and I can understand that.  I like my dog, and I don’t make him work.  I just like having him around.  But it is a different situation with a thousand-pound animal that possesses massive physical strength.  In this situation, I must create respect.  To me, horses are more like children than pets.  You guide them through various stages of training, and as they grow up, you can feel them mature in strength and intelligence.”

“Although you can lose a horse’s respect by making it too much of a pet, putting too much pressure on it too early can cause difficulties.  The relationship you build with a horse should enable it to accomplish its full potential, but it should never lose its individuality and life force.  I’m concerned that some of the handling I see today subdues some exceptional horses to the point that it takes that special spark out of them.”

Al Dunning has been training horses professionally since 1970. His expertise in all facets of western events have elevated him to great success in the AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA, and NCHA. 
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