Friesian Advocate

12: Myth or Real? Smart Gut Ultra (SGU) has been shown to prevent gastric ulcers from increasing in horses that were treated with omeprazole (Gastroguard).

Answer: Real Little data was available on the effect of Smart Gut Ultra (SGU), an equine supplement containing botanicals, coating agents and natural antacids, on gastric ulcers in horses. A group of researchers, with funding from the makers of SGU (SmartPak Equine LLC), undertook a study to answer that question by looking specifically at the…
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11: Myth or Real? Megaesophagus is (most likely) a hereditary condition in Friesian horses.

Answer: Real - but here is some additional supporting research!! In a recent paper published in November 2014, the researchers at Utrecht University Equine Clinic and Wolvega Equine Clinic confirmed what had been reported before by previous studies, that being “the predilection of Friesian horses for megaesophagus compared with non-Friesians”, with the prevalence reported to be 2.2% of…
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10: Myth or Real? Using a combination of psyllium and magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) to treat sand accumulation in the colon of a horse is better than either one used alone.

Answer: Real A study was conducted recently whose purpose was to compare the effect of oral administration (via a nasogastric tube) of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4), psyllium mucilloid (psyllium) and a combination of the two to help remove large accumulations of sand in the large colon of adult horses. 34 horses with naturally acquired sand accumulations…
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09: Myth or Real? The use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) at the time of vaccination to reduce vaccine reaction has no effect on a horse’s immune response to the vaccine.

Answer: Myth The practice of giving a NSAID at the time of vaccination to reduce the risk of adversevaccine reactions (low grade fever, injection site reactions, etc) is not an uncommon practice. The question as to the effect of the NSAID on the horse’s immune system’s ability to “respond” appropriately to a vaccine was the…
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