When a horse is reluctant to move out under saddle, there’s the standard things to look at:
Saddle fit, Chiro issues, Hoof pain, thrush or contracted heels, obvious leg problems – heat, swelling and visible conformation issues, dental problems, ill-fitting tack, harsh bit and/or hands, too unbalanced rider, sarcoids or galls in girth area, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers or sand build up…
Missing something here? Well then, let me know, and I’ll try it out! New ideas are always welcome.
Never a confirmed case of ulcers, La Prima is still getting a full course of Omeprazole. For those interested in the nitty-gritty; weaning off with 1 week at 2/3 dose, 1 week at 1/3 dose, 1 week at 1/3 dose on 4 alternating days, and finally 1 week at 1/3 dose on 3 alternating days. (To ease back into full stomach acid production, not a vet requirement, just me wanting to help stave off acid rebound )
However, after more than two weeks on full treatment and no real changes seen, stomach ulcers does not seem to be the culprit.
Added psyllium husk for added hindgut support. Vet said to use 1/2 cup/Day so that’s what’s going in. Coming out is the most beautiful manure piles on the farm – nice if anyone really pays attention to that; – “Yes, she really does have the best looking piles I’ve seen!“, but it won’t impress most normal people.
In addition to psyllium husk, plenty of turnout and plenty of food to nibble on, using Succeed was also recommended. That’s not going to happen for Dressage On A Dime, but a good quality probiotic will. Started off with Opti-Zyme from MannaPro. I have used their products in the past and always liked them.
This contains probiotics, enzymes, and natural viable years, all helpful for enhancing digestion. Really great product, but for a picky eater best mixed in with a mash. La Prima picked through it, with some always left at the bottom of the pan. This month; something finer, harder to weed out, and more expensive. Always go more expensive. It’s where you’ll end up anyway.
Probios comes as a fine powder, and is used in very small doses. Perfect! According to their website:
“Probios® is the world’s most widely recognized, researched, and used brand of DFM (direct-fed microbial). Probios® Microbial Products contain guaranteed levels of Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum.”
Quite the statement. I sprinkle the fairy dust in hopes of happy horse hindguts.