Introduction to Gastric Ulcers

Gastric ulcers are increasingly common in performance and pleasure riding horses, including Dressage, Show-Jumping, Eventing and Showing horses.

Even lightly worked horses may develop gastric irritation or ulcers which cause pain and a change in behaviour.

Signs that your horse may have
Gastric Ulcers

r

Girthy

Many horses with gastric irritation are girthy and react badly when the girth is tightened. These horses will often stop girthy behavior after a few days with Gastro-Coat supplementation.
r

Frequent Drinking

Horses with stomach ulcers often eat slowly and drink frequently while eating their meal. Gastro-Coat is an excellent appetite stimulant and helps horses to salivate properly when eating.
r

Picky eating

Horses with ulcers often prefer hay and chaff rather than grain or sweetened feeds. Giving Gastro-Coat 15-30 minutes before the main meal will help horses eat hard feeds with enthusiasm.

r

Reluctance to canter

Gastro-Coat has special stomach coating agents to help shield the sensitive stomach lining from acid irritation and damage during exercise.
Signs may include Girthy Behaviour, Reduced Performance, Wind Sucking, Picky Eating, Weight Loss, Crib Biting, Reluctance to Canter, Frequent Drinking and being Slow to Eat.
Signs may include Girthy Behaviour, Reduced Performance, Wind Sucking, Picky Eating, Weight Loss, Crib Biting, Reluctance to Canter, Frequent Drinking and being Slow to Eat.
r

Girthy

Many horses with gastric irritation are girthy and react badly when the girth is tightened. These horses will often stop girthy behaviour after a few days with Gastro-Coat supplementation.
r

Picky eating

Horses with ulcers often prefer hay and chaff rather than grain or sweetened feeds. Giving Gastro-Coat 15-30 minutes before the main meal will help horses eat hard feeds with enthusiasm.

r

Frequent drinking

Horses with stomach ulcers often eat slowly and drink frequently while eating their meal. Gastro-Coat is an excellent appetite stimulant and helps horses to salivate properly when eating.
r

Reluctance to canter

Gastro-Coat has special stomach coating agents to help shield the sensitive stomach lining from acid irritation and damage during exercise.
Gastric Ulcers Explained
Gastric acid is produced constantly in a horse’s stomach.
It is highly acidic and the upper portion of the horse’s stomach has a fragile skin layer that is not protected from acid burn.
Gastric ulcers are formed when acid damages the lining of the stomach and upper small intestine.
Saliva is the natural defence against ulcers as it buffers gastric acid to relieve the burn, but horses can only produce saliva by chewing. A diet high in fibrous feeds like grass, alfalfa hay and chaff encourages chewing for proper saliva production
High grain diets or prepared feeds that are sweetened or extruded are often eaten very quickly by horses, which reduces saliva and creates a predisposition to gastric irritation or ulcers.

“A couple of years ago I was given an OTT Thoroughbred that was in poor paddock condition. I knew Hollywood when he was leased to another lady and knew he had an awesome temperament. So we slowly brought him back into condition. Hollywood was coming along nicely, so I started dressage lessons with him. My daughter and I were able to saddle up our horse’s side by side while tied to the horse float.

After a month or so of being in work, we notice that he did not like being girthed up. It seemed to get worse the more I rode him, and he became very snaky and was trying to bite the fence. It got that bad that he even bit my daughter’s pony while she was saddling up. Needless to say, we ended up not being able to saddle him up near other horses and had to keep an eye on him to make sure he did not bite us.

After talking to Kohnke’s Own, we decided to give Gastro-Coat a try. It was amazing the difference in Hollywood. At first, he swings around to bite and stop and look at me as if to say that normally hurts. After a week he was not girthy at all. We also noticed that his manure was better formed and Hollywood started putting on weight. Hollywood loves the taste and looks for it in his feed.

Gastro-Coat has made such a difference, and I can highly recommend the product. Also if you need advice, you can always email one of Kohnke’s Own Nutrition Advisors. “

Sharon J

Sydney, Aus

Actions of Gastro-Coat
Gastro-Coat contains sticky, chewy compounds that encourage horses to salivate properly, increasing saliva buffering even when sweet feeds are eaten.
It also forms a natural barrier to help protect the irritated stomach from continued acid burn, which works for up to 4 hours.
Finally, Gastro-Coat helps regenerate acid damaged areas by providing a source of nucleotides vital for the health of the stomach lining.
How to give Gastro-Coat

In the feed

Gastro-Coat can be given in your horse’s daily feed. This is particularly suited for horses which eat too quickly. Sprinkle the required dosage of Gastro-Coat (1 scoop (15 grams) per 100kg bodyweight) over the top of your horse’s feed.

By Oral Syringe

Horses with reduced appetite benefit from a syringe dose of Gastro-Coat 15 minutes before their meal. This can reduce pain and picky or slow eating. Mix 5 scoops of Gastro-Coat in 50 ml of oil and paste your horse using a large oral syringe. The unique barrier forming component of Gastro-Coat activates in water so it is advised to use an oil slurry for easy dosage.

Pre-exercise meal

Horses with reduced performance, girthiness or reluctance to go forward benefit from a small pre-exercise meal that includes Gastro-Coat. This small snack will not overfill the stomach or slow the horse, but will increase comfort and contentment during training and travelling. Add the required dose of Gastro-Coat to 500 g of crumbled alfalfa cubes and 2 tablespoons of limestone (for extra buffering power). Give this small meal 30 minutes before working or travelling your horse for up to 4 hours of protection from the pain of gastric irritation.

Gastro-Coat Pack Sizes
Gastro-Coat is available in 5 different Pack Sizes:

1kg (16 x 60g supplement doses)
3kg (50 x 60g supplement doses)
6kg (100 x 60g supplement doses)
10kg (167 x 60g supplement doses)
20kg (334 x 60g supplement doses)

Where to Purchase Gastro-Coat

Kohnke’s Own Gastro-Coat is available from your local Saddlery or Stockfeed store throughout Australia.

For more information or to locate your local store please contact us on our Freecall number 1800 112 227.

Or Email us at info@kohnkesown.com

In Focus Gastric Ulcers

View, like and share our new illustrated video all about Gastric Ulcers!

Hope’s Story

“Many horse owners have experienced a horse like ‘Hope’, a high-spirited but “girthy”, sour and picky, slow eating mare with great potential but a real handling problem.

A gastro-intestinal scope at Sydney University revealed that Hope had multiple Grade 2 gastric ulcers.  For 3 weeks Hope was given a pre-exercise feed of lucerne chaff and Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™, our natural feed supplement with mucilages and phospholipids with multiple actions for gastro-intestinal health.

Another scope at the end of  this time showed that Hope’s ulcers were all healed, with no further ulceration to her stomach lining.”

Gastric Ulcers
Images:  1) A scope of Hope’s Stomach before with Gastric Ulcers and 3 weeks after treatment. 2) Hope being given Gastro-Coat™, 
Contact Us
email-icon   Email us to ask questions, obtain nutritional advice or our free ration analysis service.

info@kohnkesown.com

This is checked daily by one of our experienced nutritional advisors.

email-icon  Or call us today on our Free call number to speak to one of our friendly office staff. You can also speak directly to one of our experienced nutritional advisors.

1800 112 227

Trading hours are 8am till 4pm Monday to Friday. If you can’t call during these hours leave a message and we will ring you as soon as possible.

email-icon   Don’t forget to Visit and Like us on Facebook.

Kohnke's Own Facebook

You can also send us a message here, we have a great reply rate.