Do you have a picky eater? So do we, and here’s the solution for our forever finicky mare. Treats! That’s right, treats. They’re easy to make, she loves them and most importantly they keep her colic & ulcer issues at bay.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 tbsp of GastroElm plus
2-3 tbsp oats or sweet feed
1 tsp molasses
Small amount of Water to combine
First put GastroElm plus, oats and molasses into a small mixing bowl and mix together until combined.
Slowly add a small amount of water to mixture until it starts to come together forming a putty like consistency.
Roll mixture into a ball, roll in additional oats if desired.
This recipe is for 1 treat / 1 dose of GastroElm Plus. I make my mare’s treat daily so that I can ensure it’s freshness, but feel free to make this recipe on a larger scale and store the remaining balls in the refrigerator for up to a week. This recipe is VERY adaptable. Mix in what your horse enjoys such as apples, peppermints or their favorite treat. Use more or less molasses to the liking of your horse.
I have an older mare that had a massive infection in april of 2019. I have been fighting her about eating for almost a year now. She would eat a few bites and stop or she wouldn’t eat at all. I would have to change grains to try to find something for her to eat. She recently fractured her femur and once again stopped eating.
I was giving her Ulcergard everyday for 12 days, which comes out to $11 a day. I started her on this supplement about a week ago and for the first time in almost a year she has become a clean plater. Not only does she eat everything in her dish, but when she wants more, she has become demanding, WHICH I LOVE!! She can’t have all of her food at once because she chokes. Her overall demeanor has completely changed. I was getting ready to put her down because she always seemed depressed and simply wouldn’t eat. Now she’s squealing and carrying on. This mare wouldn’t even eat all of her hay and now she does. She is the pickiest eater, but has no problem eating this as a top coat to her grain. I have tried a million things to try to get her back on track. Like I said, I was going to put her down this spring, but she has made a complete 180. I honestly didn’t think this would make a difference, but I am amazed. I can’t thank this company enough for giving me more time with my horse. The price is amazing too. Cannot be beat.
As a side note, yes, she has been under the care of multiple vets over the past year. Blood work was done with completely normal results. Along with the Ulcergard she gets B12, but none of that helped. The vets were at a loss as to why she wouldn’t eat.
One thing we hear quite often is a horse that seems to be fine on a day to day basis, but shows signs of anxiety, distress and other changes in demeanor when attending a horse show. Other customers have commented that these types of changes occur when simply loading into a trailer or even tacking up. Some horses (including ours) can go so far as displaying signs of colic after leaving for the day to attend training or a show.
In most cases these are signs of an underlying condition that is aggravated by excess stomach acid during periods of stress. As in humans, digestive issues such as mild ulcers can be exacerbated in times of stress. Even if your horse loves going to shows and gets excited it’s still a form of stress increasing the production of stomach acid. GastroElm Plus can help to protect the stomach and entire digestive tract. Simply give a tablespoon of GastroElm Plus prior to loading in the trailer and you can give another an hour prior to the show. Many people also give a daily maintenance dose at evening feeding to prevent more serious digestive issues down the road.
Here is a note from one of our customers who recently started using it:
I bought GastroElm Plus for my gelding. He was experiencing pain from ulcers which caused a decline in his performance. He is a horse that has anxiety at times and this has helped tremendously. He eats it all never leaving a spec 😁. I am a barrel racer in South Florida and my horses are competing almost every weekend. I started him on GastroElm Plus and by the 3rd day I noticed a change in him. On the fifth day we went to a show and he performed one of his better runs placing out of 88 riders and showing no ulcer signs!
Thanks for making such a great product!
Jill F & Dueling Chaps
We hear lots of similar stories about how GastroElm Plus has helped horses feel better and perform better. When the issues are in the cecum / hindgut it can take 2-3 weeks to start seeing results but these are issues that are often very difficult to treat. Most owners will find that the horse’s demeanor improves, their energy level improves and they act more like they did in their younger days.
Nothing works for all animals (or humans) but overall we are extremely happy with the results we have seen over the past several years. Read more about using GastroElm Plus for horses.