The Carousel Horse welcome Elaina Eppinger, Purina Animal Nutrition Lifestyle Product Specialist, and Kayla Burgess of the Pittsburgh Agway Group as they presented a fun, interactive seminar on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.
Their presentation touched on a variety of topics including contributing factors associated with gastric discomfort:
- Elevated exercise level and intensity
- Performance and racing
- Hectic training environment
- Nervous disposition
- Lack of turnout
- Lack of direct contact with other horses
- Talk radio (vs. music) playing in barn
- Thoroughbred breed
- Previous gastric ulcer diagnosis
- Lack of pasture access
- Large meals with high starch content
- Greater than 6 hours between meals
- Inadequate forage quality and quantity
- Stall kept or on stall rest
- Water deprivation/intermittent access
- Use of paste electrolytes or electrolytes in water
- Use of NSAIDs for a prolonged period of time
Signs associated with gastric discomfort
- Poor appetite
- Picky eating
- Poor body condition
- Weight loss
- Chronic diarrhea
- Poor coat condition
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Behavioral changes
- Nervous behaviors
- Side biting
- Acute or recurrent colic
- Poor performance
Treatment and management tips
- Anticipate stressful events (such as travel, competition or intense training)
- Provide a peaceful environment for your horse, eliminate excessive traffic and noise in the barn
- Provide as much turnout as possible, preferably with one or more horses
- Provide enrichment items, such as toys and mirrors
- Keep a regular schedule for feeding, grooming, exercise etc.
- Provide continuous access to clean fresh water
- Avoid the use of paste and water soluble electrolytes
- Practice good parasite control
- Always consult with your veterinarian before administering NSAIDs
- Utilize slow-feeder hay nets if horses are stalled
Feeding management recommendations
- Never allow more than 6 hours of fasting
- Provide frequent access to good quality hay and pasture
- Incorporate alfalfa hay into the diet
- 1-2 lbs at regular 5-6 hour intervals
- Feed small frequent meals (3 to 6 per day)
- Provide continuous access to water
If you missed out on this seminar, be sure to follow us on social media for announcements on upcoming events at the store.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen all the hype around the latest and greatest in equine back protection – the Ogilvy pad! And I’ll be honest, we can’t keep them on the shelves! As soon as a shipment comes in, out the door they go (not complaining), and that doesn’t even include all of the custom pads we order for our customers. So, why all the hype?
- Ultimate Solution: Our customers tell us that these pads are actually the ultimate solution! Let’s be honest, not every horse owner has the budget for a custom saddle, let alone a custom saddle per horse! Ogilvy pads allow for freedom of movement, reduction of friction and rubbing and helps to distribute saddle pressure more evenly. Overall, they find that it helps create a better saddle fit, especially when you ride multiple horses of varying shapes and sizes.
- Customizable: You want a specific color, or colors? You want it monogrammed? Ogilvy pads allow you to do just that! With about every color under the sun, you can customize the pad, the piping and binding colors to be as loud or as conservative as you want!
- Family Owned Business: Being a small, local, family-owned business ourselves, we absolutely appreciate and admire what the Ogilvy Equestrian brand has become! When you call to place your order, you get to talk to one of the owners/operators/designers! The company is based out of Canada and the products are made in Canada.
- Durability: The products have been around for a few years now, but have certainly exploded recently with endorsements from top riders on the circuit and word of mouth through social media. Our customers tell us that they are more than impressed with the durability of these pads - no breakdown of the memory foam, and the pad cover holds up to the daily grind of multiple rides and washing.
- Options: Ogilvy Equestrian doesn’t just produce half pads. They have a full line of quality saddle pads and baby pads as well.
- Hunter riders: we know you cannot use your half pad in the show ring. Ogilvy has a hunter show pad with all the bells and whistles of the half pad!
- Dressage riders: Ogilvy has developed half pads and saddle pads specifically for you!
- Eventers: a whole new line of saddle pads has been developed – memory foam and friction free!
- Western riders: they haven’t forgotten about you. A pad for you is in the works!
Have you ridden in an Ogilvy yet? On our website
you can see what color combos we have in stock, or order your custom pad. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s that time of the year, the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is here! It has easily become one of the most notable equestrian events. Cross country, dressage, show jumping – not to mention all the demos and exhibitions, this event has something for every equestrian. Here are some of our favorite things about Rolex:
- Kentucky – have you ever been to the Bluegrass State? If not, it should quickly make its way to the top of your bucket list. The Kentucky setting is everything you can imagine; green grass and perfect fences as far as you can see, beautiful barns, beautiful horses and welcoming individuals. The bourbon isn’t too bad either ;)
- The Kentucky Horse Park – hands down one of the most beautiful venues in the country. To show, visit, take a tour and more. Where else can you meet Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, take a trail ride, and watch mini horses trot alongside golf carts all in one day?
- The horses – some of the world’s best athletes take the stage on Rolex weekend. They aren’t just masters of one discipline, but they are masters at three. Some days, I’m not even a master at trot poles!
- The competitors – 75 riders who have dedicated every minute of their lives to getting to this event. Their grooms, trainers and support systems – every member of their team. It’s awesome! How can you not admire these riders? They are jumping fences taller than the average man! That takes some serious guts!
- The shopping – no horse event is complete without shopping! Almost 200 vendors fill the Covered Arena. If you are there, be sure to visit some of our friends, including Annie’s Equestrienne Apparel!
- Live streaming - if you can’t make it to the event this year, technology will allow those of us who have to work to watch it at our desks! The USEF Network has us covered! Just be sure your boss isn’t hovering… or, if they like horses too, maybe you can stream it in your conference room!
- The fans – everyone is like you! Love the horses, love the sport, have a favorite horse/rider! More than 7,200 fans took in dressage on the first day, and the excitement will only build through the weekend! You can literally talk horses to anyone, everywhere you go!
- The fashion – casual to classy, equestrians are dressed the part! Big hats, boots, fancy belts and bags, the people watching is great! On jog day, our favorite riders were dressed to the nines! But as always, don’t forget the sunscreen – it gets bright out there on the XC course!
Good luck to all the riders this weekend! What are your favorite things about Rolex??