Thursday Teamwork

Fun noon time work together with Randi.  Glad to have her out helping me again. It’s great to bounce off ideas and get feedback on the work over the past two weeks. A regular lesson program would be the best option, but for now there will be mainly solo riding.

My order from Abler arrived yesterday!  You can find them here. I got ready to wait over 5 weeks for this but it took much less than 1 month.  No ulcers confirmed through scoping, but some other signs point to their possibility.  She’s worth it a try – such a sweet mare, and if ulcers are her problem, I did not want to wait to find out later on.

Abler AbPrazole
Abler AbPrazole

Brought out the stash of blue granules and doled out the first dose of Omeprazole to La Prima immediately. Of their various products, I picked AbPrazole because it would be the easiest feeding option for us.  This product does have the enteric coating necessary for it to work.  Supposedly the results will be comparable to using the more expensive paste, which also comes with the tricky part of dispensing orally directly into the mouth every day.  Huge price savings with this product as opposed to the patented one.

This is what the granules look like.
This is what the granules look like.

Of course, being a picky eater, she managed to sort of nibble through this stuff, leaving some of the precious nuggets on the bottom. Next strategy tomorrow morning will be a very light coating of Molasses at the bottom of the feeding pan, which she will lick off when she gets there, then putting her feed on top with the granules mixed in and finish it all off with a sprinkle of water to make it stick a bit better.
It’s best not to wet this product too much to avoid messing with the enteric coating, and best results will come if fed on an empty stomach, so she will have this before her hay.

Think it will work for us?  Let’s hope so!  I’ll come out there on Monday, and she’ll go beautifully, right?  Right?! 🙂

All photos credited to www.abler.com