Thursday, October 27, 2011

Barned Horses

Horse by nature are free creatures. They roam around and graze to different pastures. They have always been mystical creatures and are very aware of their surroundings. That's why horses that are put on barn tend to get agitated easily.

Agitation leads to a lot of sickness too. Research shows that barned horses develop colic on 80% of their lifetime. They get stress and in turn produces more stomach acids. That's why its important to invest on equine ulcer medication to counter-effect the horses stress. Another thing to invest in is horse probiotics. I have found that it benefits a lot to the horse in the long run.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Omeprazole Direct Trial

I recently found a site the offers free trial of equine gastric ulcer treatment for my horses. They are called Omerprazole Direct. My friend recommended me to them since Jessie is still having her ulcer problems.

So far she takes the medicine quite well. The product boasts about its enteric coating that doesn't make the horse taste the meds as well as being more effective as it doesn't dissolve in the horse's acidic stomach.

This is how the medicine looks like.

So far she is doing pretty well for her first week. She is eating more now and doesn't get colicy a lot. Maybe I will get her scoped again in the future to see if her stomach has healed up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Friends First Horse Ride

By my friend Mitzi...

I celebrated my birthday last 28 July and I decided to finish my bucket list. – to ride a horse.

When I was a kid, every time I saw cowboy movies (Desperado) or Chinese films (Once Upon a Time in China and America), I wanted so much to experience what it was like riding a stallion or a horse.

There are many ‘Kalesa’ (traditional carriage driven by horses) at my town, and I always am a fan of riding those. I get thrilled and excited at the same time that I always opted to be on the front seat together with the “driver”. But it was never contentment as I never got to control the horse on my own.

Finally, my lifelong heart’s desire came true. I had an opportunity to go to a town that was famous for its horses. And yes my aim is set - horse riding.

I traveled early morning. It took about 5 hours to get to the famous mountain spot. The weather was freezing by the way (but I was wearing my favorite “cowboy outfit”).  I never thought of the cold weather as I heartily smiled on my first horseback picture. :)

I got little horse named Ella.  The trainer helped me up to its saddle and slowly walked to horse to the crater.  My heart was ecstatic when I was on top on the horse!! …Holding its rein was amazing. I could not dare to ride her alone without the trainer on the rope as I was afraid to fall. But for the thrill of my first ever horse ride, after listening to his short instructions on how to drive the horse,  I rode Ella without him.

Luckily, Ella was tamed and friendly. She was not so hard to control. The riding was perfect.

I could not believe that I was able to ride a  horse alone.  I felt adventure and freedom …The feeling was something that I could not explain. Nothing that I can describe in words..

I rode the horse for about an hour but good things never last. Time to say goodbye..

My first horse riding was what I imagined it to be like in the cowboys films! :)

(Mitzi is currently living in the Philippines and we send emails to each other about horse stuff, horse products, horse training and just personal life.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Horse

Jessie is a very energetic horse. She runs around on the farm a lot and loves to run really fast. He favorite food are apples. She gobbles them up like there's no tomorrow. I notice she is a happier horse when she is healthy. She has ulcers before but I recently gave her equine probiotics weekly and it seems to work well with her.

Her ulcer cause is like due to being stabled and feeds that don't go well with her. She had a huge pot belly and showing signs of colic but she healed up and shes well now. I highly recommend feeding hay and giving probiotics. Also check for worms and maintain a exercise routine. A healthy horse is a happy one. :D

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ashwa and gastric health problems

Ashwa has always been a healthy horsy. He's very intelligent, he even pushes you back up to your saddle when he feels your slipping when riding him. He's very fast too. He gets very energetic when he's on the fields. He loves to chase birds when they're around. Here's a picture of him chasing ducks.

But lately he's been pretty sick. He's been pretty stressed lately and showing symptoms of gastric ulcers . I try to treat him with omeprazole purchase online. He's enthusiastically took the medicine and was willing to help himself get better. I really love this horse and he is one of the best things about my life. I hope everybody gets to feel a horses' love.