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[Guest] [RC] Ulcers - Ridecamp Guest

On Behalf Of: Barney  Flemming

to:  Linda Klingerman,

I saw your question regarding Gastric Ulcers in performance horses and must
say the information you saw is correct.

There is something you need to know about the drug for treating gastric
ulcers in horses.  The medication is a drug and does fall under the ever
important "no drug rule" that the sport of endurance operates under.

What you need to know is that if a horse has ulcers and needs treatment with
Gastrorgard then it is too sick to be in competition.  As for preventing
ulcers in horses the drug can be used to prevent ulcers and simply withheld
during competition.

During that period, conventional management and acid neutralization products
will control the onset of ulcers.  This is true horse welfare.

An animal with ulcers should be removed from the stress of competition and
cured.  Any medical text will state that the treatment for EGUS (Equine
Gastric Ulcer Syndrome) consist of removing stress and medication for 28
days.  Then any means of control that works for that horse is the way to go.

If that is a drug that test then withdrawal (48hrs is sufficient) is the

Barney Fleming DVM
Deming, New Mexico

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