Yikes - doesn’t sound like a great plan, IMO. Though like others have claimed, I’m certainly not a vet or specialist in chemical usage. Seems like a usage schedule like that could ultimately boost acid production in the stomach. And even if it doesn’t, it seems like one of those things that could ultimately wreak havoc with a horse’s GI system by stressing it unnecessarily. And I’d bet that most horses wouldn’t have much of an issue (because they didn’t need it in the first place), leading the trainer to think, “see? It works great on everyone!”
I’ve posted many times about my horse who colicked badly twice because of long-term omeprazole use. The omeprazole (on a daily use, not every-other-day) made a big positive difference…until it didn’t. It solidified my feeling that I don’t ever want my horses on a drug (long term) without considering the potential side effects and downstream implications. And a drug used somewhat haphazardly like this sounds like an even worse plan than just long-term use.[/QUOTE]
My gut feelings agree with this concept.
I have never used Ulcerguard, Gastroguard, or Ranididine other than short use when vet recommended in addition to other treatments such as bute for an injury etc.
I had one horse that we thought he had ulcers. I had him scoped and he did not.
I currently have a horse that was acting very stressed, pacing nervous and stressed to handling. Vet recommended a 28 day dose of Ulcerguard. We chose not to scope for he has had a very stressful year. Going on week two and horse has shown major improvement.
I will be discussing my options of maintenance or possibly treatment in stressful situations. Basically monitoring his attitude.
I had one horse that was on long term Previcox and had a strange loss of use of his colon and rectum. The tissue was sent to UC Davis for further research. I felt the use of Previcox could have been reason for shut down and vets thought that would be something to check out. So many medications we don’t have the knowledge of long term use implications.