Horse Ulcers Case Study #1

Jamie poured another glass of Merlot as tears slid down her face. “My poor baby, my poor baby Herschel.”

Jamie’s baby is 17H German Sport Horse, a treasured chestnut gelding. He is seven years old and has three adorable white socks.

Stuck on ulcer meds

“Those stupid drugs!” Jamie cried. “If only I had never even tried them! Oh sure, everyone said they worked for their horse. Their horse’s ulcers were cured.  No pain remaining.  But not my baby’s!”

As if someone had asked her a question, Jamie said “All the signs were there. The trainer said ulcers. The vet said ulcers. And yeah, the drugs did seem to help poor little Herschel, at least at first. But not completely. Not like everyone else’s horses!

Herschel’s happiness is everything to me.  And now I can’t take him off those stupid drugs—If I try, he gets so much worse than he ever was!”

Jamie’s dream horse

Since she was a young girl, she found herself wishing for a horse. Not that she was ever around horses. But the library had always been an escape for her. And there were many horse books. And her heroine had been Trixie Belden, the horse sleuth extraordinaire.

Then came a couple decades (where had the time gone?) of marriage and kids. And finally her time. Time for her and a horse of her own.

After years of horse magazines, then months of riding on lesson-horses, and finally hours and hours on the internet, searching for her dream horse. Her dreams had come true with Herschel.

Such a love bug. He had loved grooming and scratching. And especially loved the organic horse cookies she made especially for him.

Every day she got to to come to the barn and see her “Bug”. He would nicker at her and nuzzle her hand, and then her hair.

Jamie always gave him treats after riding, as a “thank-you”.  And before riding too, you know, for encouragement.

First signs of trouble

When his troubles first started, they were tiny changes. Herschel’s first ulcer signs were like the falling of the first autumn leaves. He  stopped enjoying grooming time. But Jamie thought maybe he was just irritated from bug bites.

Then he became a bit girthy. “Strange”, thought Jamie. “I bought him this custom saddle just last year. But maybe his muscling has changed since I am riding him more.” She planned to get the saddle-fitter out as soon as possible.

But then the worst thing possible happened. When Jamie came to the barn, Herschel did not nicker at her. He didn’t even come to the front of the stall. In fact, he turned his butt toward her and put his head in the corner.

And, nearly as bad, Herschel laid his ears back at his special cookies. Jamie’s heart twisted in anguish at this.   What could she do? Herschel  laid his ears back and ground his teeth at any food. He even kicked at his belly while eating hay.

Jamie’s friend’s pony had ulcers. But the pony had been a show pony and lived a stressful life. Herschel’s life was pretty easy. Could it possible be ulcers?

Now all the leaves had fallen, and the bare tree was visible. As she asked around for help, the barn trainer agreed with the ulcer idea.  “In fact, Hershel has been a bit testy with his friends in the pasture. He doesn’t even want them around. He might have ulcers. You should call your vet.”

The ulcer diagnosis

The vet concurred with ulcers. She said, “All Herschel’s symptoms point to ulcers. But it’s a simple treatment. Just 30 days on this paste product and he’ll be fine. Well, you might need sixty days. And, I should mention, some people consider it expensive.”

Jamie replied, “Whatever it takes to get him well. Thank you doctor!”

For the 30 days on the medicine, Hershel was better. He stopped stomping and laying his ears back when eating. He would even eat his cookies again. Jamie was relieved. All her friends and trainer told her they were glad Herschel was back to normal. “Yes, it’s wonderful,” replied Jamie.

And yet, she felt uneasy. She couldn’t relax all the way, and forget the ulcers ever happened. Jamie struggled with her feelings, because no one else was worried. Everyone else thought he was “normal.”

But her gut-feeling said otherwise

Let me ask you a question: have you ever heard your “inner voice?” I have. Sometimes when I do, it’s just not clear enough and I ignore it. And when things go wrong, I remember. Oops.

One time I was driving too fast. I was headed to my boyfriends house and I was so angry at him. I can’t even remember why, but I was rehearsing what I was going to say to that loser when I got there.

All of a sudden, I heard that inner voice say “Slow down and live.” I abruptly realized it was raining, I was on a narrow backroad, and there was a tight turn coming up. I braked as much as I could without sliding. It looked like I was going to make the turn. But then a huge pick-up truck rounded the corner from the other way. I angled the car to avoid a head-on collision, but then bam!

I totaled the car. Did I mention I had only had that car one week? My vet school graduation present. Gone. But I lived. Only had a bump on my head. That was one time I heard the inner voice clearly and actually did what it said.

Jamie was hearing her inner voice.

Jamie knew Herschel. She had spent so much time with him, she knew him as well as any of her children. She knew this “best” medicine wasn’t making him all-the-way better.

His eyes didn’t look right. There were wrinkles under them. Maybe tired? Maybe anxious? It was like a nervous person trying to be himself at a party. Stressed and unnatural.

Jamie remembered when her daughter used to fight a flu bug as a young child. Jamie always knew even before the fever showed up. Her daughter just wasn’t quite right. She didn’t enjoy things as much, had low energy, and was more irritable than normal. Even without obvious coughing or fever, using her “mom’s intuition”, Jamie would know something wasn’t right.

That’s how Jamie felt about Hershel on the ulcer drugs. Something not right.

What else could she do?

“Oh my dear Lord,” Jamie cried, “I can’t even get Hershel off these drugs and -–even if I could— I don’t know what to do instead of them.”

Jamie dreamed that night about Hershel when she first got him. How he was so funny flipping his lip up when she got to a good itchy spot with the curry comb. How he would run in the arena by himself, kicking up his heels and farting. Then shaking his head like he was king of the world. So adorable!

Jamie woke up determined. She remembered that she had skills as a sleuth. Well, ok, an online researcher. But it’s like sleuthing on the internet. She felt there must be an answer and she just had to find it.

Someone, somewhere, had the solution to get Hershel truly better. Back to his funny, kingly self. Not this shadow of Hershel.

 

Yes, this report costs money. And I could tell you how much you’re already paying to treat ulcers, but you already know. If you’d like two really great FREE tips to help ulcers, just scroll down towards the end. Thanks for reading the story and I hope you enjoyed it.

If you are looking for a solution to your horse’s ulcers, I have one for you. The solution to help your horse get off ulcer medications and back to his or her happy self, so you can finally relax.

Read this report and you will…

  • Get your precious horse out of pain immediately
  • See his or her eyes sparkling bright and happy again
  • Eliminate sleepless nights worrying about your horse
  • Avoid any future ulcer concerns—permanently *

Here’s What You’ll Find Inside

  • ALL ulcer information (even the hard-to-find) in one place

    • Signs of Ulcers
    • How to check your horse for ulcers
    • What are ulcers and where can they hide?
    • Should you have your horse scoped?
    • What does your endoscopy report mean?
    • Why do ulcers occur? – Most important!
    • What are the solutions?
    • Which solution is best for your horse?
  • Mistakes to avoid

    • Why many of today’s drug treatments don’t work
    • The truth about Gastrogard…and how it should be used
    • How innocent horse owners who don’t know the correct “sequence” of treating ulcers can cause colic!
    • Why you shouldn’t have any bodywork done on your horse with ulcers
    • The destructive “rebound effect” of ulcer medication…the pain it will cause your horse and how you can avoid it
    • Drugs that can secretly cause ulcers
  • A path designed for you and your horse

    • Three reasons why so many horse owners have NO IDEA their horse has ulcers
    • How to find out for sure if your horse has ulcers (Hint: there are four crucial steps to take)
    • The story of the horse who took two steps back and two steps forward
    • Four “Alarm Points” on your horse you need to check immediately if you think they have ulcers
    • The complete answer to the question:  “Should I have endoscopy?”  (I’ll tell you everything you need to know and consider with this procedure.)
    • What to do when your horse mysteriously acts like he has ulcers, but he really doesn’t
  • Crucial Care Plans, product spreadsheets, and mindmaps

    • Care Plans, for every situation an “ulcer horse” can be in…from the “emergency” situation, to “on medications already”, to “not sure my horse has ulcers”, to “want to prevent ulcers”
    • My personal big checklist of 55 symptoms that could mean your horse has ulcers.  (Developed directly from my past 20 years of research and personal treatment of horses.)  I know of no other list this all-encompassing.
    • List of herbs, drugs, and homeopathy treatments for your horse.  I explain the pros and cons of each so you’ll know which is best for your situation
    • Checklist of environmental contributing causes…and my strategy for removing them for busy horse owners
    • List of foods you need to avoid feeding your ulcer-prone horse, with a detailed explanation for each

Choose the Report that Works Best for You

Condensed

$19.95

 
  • Ulcer Symtoms
  • Underlying Causes
  • Care Plans
  • – Emergency
  • – On Medical Drugs
  • – On Herbal
  • – Hidden Ulcers
  • – Preventative
  • Herbal Product Choices
  • – Detailed Descriptions
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • Herbal Pharmaceutical Drug Choices
  • – Detailed Description
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • “Fake” Ulcer List
  • Products: Where to Buy (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ , DE)
  • Products: Pricing & Dosage (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ, DE)
  • Single Email with Questions to Dr. Tucker
  • Unlimited Email Support from Dr. Tucker for One Year
  • Personalized Feed Recommendation for Your Horse
  • NON-Refundable
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Full Plus

$279.95

includes 1 year of email support
  • Ulcer Symtoms
  • Underlying Causes
  • Care Plans
  • – Emergency
  • – On Medical Drugs
  • – On Herbal
  • – Hidden Ulcers
  • – Preventative
  • Herbal Product Choices
  • – Detailed Descriptions
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • Herbal Pharmaceutical Drug Choices
  • – Detailed Description
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • “Fake” Ulcer List
  • Products: Where to Buy (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ , DE)
  • Products: Pricing & Dosage (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ, DE)
  • Single Email with Questions to Dr. Tucker
  • Unlimited Email Support from Dr. Tucker for One Year
  • Personalized Feed Recommendation for Your Horse
  • Refundable within first 60 days
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To give you an idea of the kind of unique advice that’s available in the Ulcer Report, let me give you two free tips…


These tips alone may easily save you the money for the report – not to mention months and months of ulcer medication.

If you’re not sure if your horse has ulcers, try a Peppermint leaf trial.

The Peppermint trial is very simple. Simply give peppermint leaf to your horse for two weeks and see what happens. Get regular peppermint tea (herbal, no caffeine) either loose leaf or in a teabag (cut open teabag to get leaf out.) A good (and inexpensive) brand is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Give two tablespoons loose leaf peppermint per serving. Give once per day for two weeks in your horse’s feed or by hand.

This is a very low amount and completely non-harmful.

If your horse does not want to eat it, do not force feed . Horses know what they need, and if your horse says, “No, thank you” to the peppermint tea, then respect the decision.

Many people see changes in their horse while taking the peppermint tea. You may see changes such as calmness, a more peaceful eye, a decrease in stress lines, and eating better. You may see this within three days or toward the end of the two-week trial. Whenever you see positive changes, consider that a positive test for ulcers.

If you see these kinds of improvements, however minimal, this is the clue that your horse is indeed having trouble with ulcers. Peppermint tea will not cure your horse, but it will help most horses with ulcers. You can leave your horse on the peppermint tea indefinitely.

Please note: Peppermint will “test” at horse shows and the horse should be off peppermint for five days prior to showing.

If you are looking for a replacement or adjustment treatment to ulcer medications, try Mineral Clay.

Let me tell you a brief story about mineral clay.

There may be a few of you out there who remember QuikClot®. The Army used QuikClot for wounds out on the battle field. Quikclot is a mineral clay that binds to open wounds immediately. It rapidly stops bleeding, and healing takes place underneath this clay “bandaid.”

Ulcers are pretty much an open wound. If you use some mineral clay (I recommend Dynamite brand Miracle Clay), you can syringe it into your horse every day.

In addition, mineral clay absorbs toxins, which will help support your horse’s liver.

There are other bentonite or green clays available. Be sure you use one that is a mineral clay, not just clay. Clay by itself can leech minerals from the body, causing other problems.

There are lots of simple – yet life-changing – ideas and tips in the full Ulcer Report. Take advantage of it now.

Condensed

$19.95

 
  • Ulcer Symtoms
  • Underlying Causes
  • Care Plans
  • – Emergency
  • – On Medical Drugs
  • – On Herbal
  • – Hidden Ulcers
  • – Preventative
  • Herbal Product Choices
  • – Detailed Descriptions
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • Herbal Pharmaceutical Drug Choices
  • – Detailed Description
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • “Fake” Ulcer List
  • Products: Where to Buy (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ , DE)
  • Products: Pricing & Dosage (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ, DE)
  • Single Email with Questions to Dr. Tucker
  • Unlimited Email Support from Dr. Tucker for One Year
  • Personalized Feed Recommendation for Your Horse
  • NON-Refundable
Buy Now!

Full Plus

$279.95

includes 1 year of email support
  • Ulcer Symtoms
  • Underlying Causes
  • Care Plans
  • – Emergency
  • – On Medical Drugs
  • – On Herbal
  • – Hidden Ulcers
  • – Preventative
  • Herbal Product Choices
  • – Detailed Descriptions
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • Herbal Pharmaceutical Drug Choices
  • – Detailed Description
  • – When to Use
  • – When Not to Use
  • “Fake” Ulcer List
  • Products: Where to Buy (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ , DE)
  • Products: Pricing & Dosage (US, UK, GB, AU, NZ, DE)
  • Single Email with Questions to Dr. Tucker
  • Unlimited Email Support from Dr. Tucker for One Year
  • Personalized Feed Recommendation for Your Horse
  • Refundable within first 60 days
Buy Now!

I wish you the best of luck with your horse.

Sincerely,


Renee Tucker, DVM

* Typical results, however results may vary from horse to horse

Hi Renee,

Thank you so much for the PDF file, it is full of some much wonderful information. I am an equine massage therapist in New Zealand and have been finding a lot of horses with stomach and ulcers issues. We have a 7yr old racehorse that we have taken over the lease, all was good then this ulcers appeared, he became more angry and stopped eating but trying to urinate by stretching out, then working off. We had bloods and urine tests came back all good. We then realised he had ulcers. he did 4 weeks on the vet medication but symptoms where still there. We only have around 2 gut products in NZ to chose from so doing research have managed to come up with a formulation that is working, also working on other horses.

I was excited to read about one of the causes of ulcers being heavy metals and vaccinations as we have been giving a product derived from the ground that is like clay but does not pull all the good nutrients out but helps the absorption of other nutrients. It also helps eliminate heavy metals, pesticides and toxins – safe to give all year. We have added others things but it makes me happy to know we are on track. 
Keep up the good work.

~ Rachel H, NZ

Hi Dr Renee!

I love all the information in the PDF you created.  Unfortunately I think I have a couple of horses with ulcers, I also suspect a couple of client horses may have them as well.

I want to say thank you as I have been puzzling over a three year old we have in training that seems to like his job and is suited to being a cowhorse, is making progress, but just don’t look right and has little energy or stamina.  Everything is matching up that he’s had a long-standing issue.  He’s always been touchy/sensitive/caused me to worry/uptight/mouthy/bitey – and there have always been other possible answers.  He eats a lot, but doesn’t put on weight, even with good (I think) supplements.  After following your recommendations, he is doing so much better!

Keep up the fantastic work! 

~ Liz B, LMT, EBW

I did not purchase your report because I suspected ulcers, but to arm myself more thoroughly for determining various ‘behavioral issue’ solutions when working with other people’s horses.

I had no specific questions when I ordered the report, but I did find it quite informative, well organized, and understandable. I always appreciate works that go beyond the mainstream of what’s readily available and perpetuated by pharmaceutical industry marketing momentum.

What else? I appreciated the photo of the stress lines in eye and nostril areas.

~ David R

I was definitely requiring information about the treatment for stomach ulcers.   I have a  regular chiropractor for my horses and I could not work out why she was always needing to work the poll and left hind-leg on each horse …always the same issues, especially when I am really careful to keep them as comfortable as possible.(And I am always checked also) … I could not work out why the treatments never seemed to hold.  I had done  more than one treatment with Ranitidine but the ulcers immediately re-flared up the moment I stopped  …and I felt it was soothing rather than healing.

Everything seemed to be stressful…cold weather, travelling, hot weather, stabling, and the worst of all was earthquakes ( one of my horses colicked with stress and then died…was probably already an ulcer horse but we were so into saving ourselves and fixing things around us I missed the symptoms).  They all had regular massages every week to relax them and herbal help, but still ongoing issues …especially girthiness and very tight in the TMJ and neck.  Their toplines had fallen away.

I googled and  googled  and only got the same answers and so your information was a God-send…all I wanted was something new and concrete to try….so desperate for help —-and I am gratefully doing it all.

So far he is definitely more comfortable and offering similar work to before his ulcers became obvious. His neck and especially his jaw are no longer LOCKED…yay!!

Thank you so much for following up your instincts and giving us your information…I am really grateful and would love any more information that may come  up.

~ Mandy

Dear Dr. Tucker,

I have received your Fix Your Horse’s Ulcers Forever and have started Frodo (one of our dressage horses that we have suspected for a while may have ulcers) on the peppermint tea regime. We have been searching for alternatives to scoping and drugs and had almost given up when I found you online last week. Needless to say, we are excited and relieved. 

~ Cathy S

This is an excellent report and you should be proud of it!

I am a  Human and Animal Chiropractor in Australia and you have just saved me many hours of my own research – so thank you for making it available.

~ Lara R

Labor day I could not ride my horse Apache even a mile without triggering a painful colic-like episode, in fact could not even get him to let me hand walk him 1/2 a mile, he would just stop.  Now, about 4 weeks into your program, I can pony him for 2 hours with a good gallop in there (he was competing with my saddle horse for first place) and I can ride him bareback, and he feels energetic, forward, and enthusiastic under me.  I think I got my horse back!!!

Thanks, you may have saved his life, I was so close to giving up. 

~ Jeanne S

Thanks so much Renee,

I cant tell you how helpful your Ulcer Report has been.

So many people told me the crow hopping was excitement, the lack of roundness with his body was adrenalin or emotional, and that bit may be true but I am sure something is not right, he is uncomfortable and the ulcers is why. The info you’ve given me saved my horse!

If ever you are in the UK, id love you to come n see Smugs and maybe give him a butt scratch! lol

~ Sharon O

Thanks again Renee, I appreciate your help as I have not found one Aussie vet willing to assist with anything other than long term use of omaprazole & I have long been saying to them it is not a solution.  My horse has had this ongoing problem since November 2007 & was scoped January 2008 with severe ulcers found to be present.  Preddy granules & an extensive shopping list of medication has been recommended & tried but so far my best result has been with omaprazole & slippery elm but it doesn’t stop them from coming back.  So, thank you again for what you are trying to do to help the worlds ulcer suffering horses & their suffering owners!

~ Susan Y

I put my 13 yr old Arab/Warmblood cross on your Ulcer protocol earlier in the month.

I started him on the peppermint immediately—-I was silently stopped by the shift I saw—-almost immediately.  And then when I got the dirt!- the clay.  I make it when I feed @ 7-7:30am and then feed when I go back down to my barn @ around 10:30/11pm- to finish cleaning stalls and tack up to “play”.

This boy has not spooked from the wind around the trees since he has been on the dirt!  Winter is always hard for us!  I could go on- but he is truly Arab sometimes.  He now yells at my truck coming down to the hill at mid morning- knowing he is going to get his”dirt”!

I do so thank you for all this research…such really good information.

~ Karen A