Harper was diagnosed with severe gastric ulcers, resulting in extreme tension and pain over her lower back. Her scope had revealed extensive grade 4 ulceration of the squamous mucosa (the top half of the stomach, above the “acid line”) and mild ulceration of the glandular mucosa (the bottom half). She was prescribed Gastrogard - omeprazole given orally by syringe - for six weeks with a follow-up scope to check the treatment was working. Her re-scope showed the squamous ulcers had almost gone but the glandular ulcers had actually got worse so the treatment was changed to omeprazole injections for four weeks with a re-scope scheduled in five weeks.
Halfway through her second lot of treatment Jo contacted Rhoni at Horseward for some advice about what more she could be doing to help Harper’s stomach and stress levels. Harper was already on a clean, minimally processed forage-based diet so we recommended starting her on GGGutPlus to be added twice daily to her simple daily ration of Thunderbrook chaff and linseed oil.
We also suggested GGGoldenPowerPlus as we felt that its anti-inflammatory action would help with her muscular tension. Now, Golden Power Plus contains certified biodynamic organic turmeric as one of its primary active ingredients. It seems to be a pretty widely held belief in horsy circles that turmeric can aggravate gastric issues – perhaps because it’s thought to be “spicy” as in hot and burny like chilli peppers, which of course it isn’t. Turmeric has actually been found in multiple mammalian studies to have a protective and therapeutic effect on the gastric mucosa. This, along with the exceptional anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant performance we expect from GGGoldenPowerPlus, makes it a great pairing with GGGutPlus for horses who are experiencing pain secondary to ulcers as well as ulcers secondary to pain.
Jo takes up the story: “Two weeks of adding the above supplements to her regular feed along with the remaining omeprazole treatment she was back at the hospital for a third scope and the results were amazing!! All her ulcers were completely gone!! Not only were they gone, the vet said she had the healthiest stomach she had seen in a very long time.”
Jo adds, “The vet and nurses couldn't believe the difference in her whole nature, she had gone from a horse that was completely stressed out to one that was relaxed and let her beautiful personality shine. She has now started to put on some weight, starting to work in an outline and just more relaxed and happy in general. All thanks to the supplements from Horseward!! We can't thank Rhoni enough.”
You are most welcome, Jo – it’s such a pleasure to see Harper’s relationship with your whole family truly starting to bloom!