Case One: Calypso

Calypso was a horse that we received under our care, with the typical symptoms indicating a possible stomach issue.

Calypso, a Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorse, became the ideal candidate for our trials. He was slow under saddle, and did not respond to requests for forward movement from the leg. He showed stressful, almost aggressive, behaviour and body language at dinner time, and was picky about food. He appeared willing while tacking up, but when it came time to ride, something was off. I tried many different methods to ask him to be more responsive, but despite an improvement in enthusiasm, he still didn’t feel comfortable; he would move unwillingly only making the smallest possible movements. Additionally, his hooves were in poor condition, and he had a coat that indicated parasites. We treated him accordingly, his fur improved as he was freed of parasites, and our Farrier started on his hooves. His behaviour however, still exhibited that of a horse in discomfort, we suspected stomach issues. My suspicions were immediately confirmed when a subsequent scope revealed several chronic crater shaped gastric ulcers.

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The EQ-ULCER Wings trial began and Calypso was given 15 grams a day in his feed. During the treatment period, his behaviour started to change and by the third week, he was literally a different horse. He was now eager to move and these movements flowed; no more slow ungainly stiffness and resistance to exercise.  After the full three month treatment period, and within which no dietary changes were made, the vet scoped his stomach once again, and despite an intensive search, there were no ulcers in sight. Only the scaring where they had been.

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Case Two: Alectra

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Case Three: Apple

Case Three: Apple

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