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[RC] [Guest] My ulcer study - Ridecamp Guest

Chris Kaznowski hf.ckz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I turned 2 of our horses into guinea pigs Saturday at the ulcer study clinic
at Brentwood CA.  I signed them up because I'm a scientist and a believer in
data collection.

They had no ulcer symptoms, nor any problems I was concerned about.  They
are managed fairly typically for around here, housed in dry lot paddocks,
about 40'X40', fed grass hay 2X/day, beet pulp slurry and Strategy.  No
grain, ample doses of carrots and cookies.

They are not in stressful training or competition.  The Arab mare's last 50
was last year, the Arab gelding is being re conditioned after an injury.

We ride 2X-3X/ week, going out for about 3-4 hours, lots of hills.  We use a
heart rate monitor and keep things mellow.

So these seemingly fat (at 900# and 100#, certainly) and happy equine
campers get scoped for the good of science.

What do we find?  The mare has a grade 3 lesion (1-4, 4 is worst), the
gelding several small grade 2's.  No symptoms, no indicators.  We are going
on omeprzole for 28 days and will do preventative treatments after (antacid
supplements to start and whatever else I learn about).

Barney was great, the procedure straightfoward.  We learned a lot.  I'm
looking foward to the complete study.

I think it's wonderful that AERC will be sponsoring equine research in the
future.  I would encourage anyone with the opportunity of participating in
these studies to do so.  Knowledge can only improve the welfare of our hard
working partners.


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