My best friend and life saver all of a sudden started acting badly. As a stallion this is bad news. He usually was such a sweet horse that I was just as comfortable putting my 3 year old neice on him as I would put her on a gelding. So over the course of a few months my sweet boy turned horrid.
We were riding almost every day, getting both of us in condition to start dressage and most of the riding was trail by the san pedro river. He has never really gone longer than 3 days with out riding or some kind of excerise involing me.
Any way, I start to notice that his back mucles just disappeard. I am thinking some kind of wasting disease. So I call my vet. She comes out and agrees with me that my boy is not well. After an exam he is given banamine and guess what else! TAGAMENT. Yes that is right, my boy has ulcers. I can not tell you how much of a difference there was the next day! I let him out with the mares and his colt and he was playing with the colt again and bugging the mares. What a releif. But wait there is more. Treating ulcers is expensive. And I am on disablity now. Treatment is between five to thousand dollars a month!
Was it stress that did this? The new conditioning? No mares to breed this year? Or how about the treatment for his eye that he banged and had to have steroides for? Or perhaps it is the hay or grain? All of this or none of it?
Right now it does not matter really. I have researched and found pronuntrin made in germany to have really good results. But can not get it here. So he is on tagament for 90 days at 10 pills 3 times a day. Tagament can also cause his sperm count to go way down and he is the first Azteca A stallion with the AAHIA.
NOW we belive all the horses have varying degrees of ulcer activity! I feed aflafa, burmuda grass with senior feed (it is easy to digest and I have pregnant mares and a working stallion and a rescued race horses.) Include minerals, pepermint horse treats, apples. I am in AZ no grazing here.
Any one have any good ideas on how to deal with the ulcer issue? It appears to be plaguing a lot of horses. Really if my boy went from "he is really a stallion?" sweet good boy to threating any one making him move around in his pen to clean up, ulcers are a nasty thing. I had assumed the race horse had them. But not my boy, the only stress he had was the move to this new place, then the gelding showing up and then his eye. I want a natural way to help them with out taking every dime I have to do it. This tagament treatment is doing that well enough. One bottle has 100 800mg pills and he gets 30 a day. Also had to buy a ton of pepermint treats to grind up with the pills to hide them in his feed just so he got the meds. One bottle is around 35 $. Said bottle lasts for 3 days.
Any ideas would be wonderful.
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Thankyou in advance
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