When I brought Annie home it was quickly discovered that she cribbed. While this was not disclosed it didn’t change my infatuation. The previous owner claims that she never cribbed before but I have a hard time believing that she started obsessively cribbing out of the blue.
As we moved farms the cribbing would vary depending on the hay quality/ quantity as well as stress levels. At our new farm my BO is the bomb and doesn’t make Annie wear a collar outside. As she almost always has access to hay or grass out there she rarely cribs. Inside however Annie will still crib – yes I have considered letting her live outside and no that isn’t where we are going right now as the delicate princess doesn’t like to be left outside.
After discussing it with my vet I decided that due to some other signs I wanted to test out treating her for ulcers. While I wish I was made of money and could justify spending a small fortune on GastroGard I decided to test out AbGard first after doing some research. Annie has been getting a full tube for almost a month and I think that there has been improvement in her girthiness as well as cribbing.
As we move forward I plan to keep tubes of AbGard on hand for shows however I would like to find a daily option that can be offered on her grain that is more affordable.
Other options that I have considered are: (images from SmartPak and google images)
So I ask you my blog friends – do you have any preferred ulcer prevention methods for a horse that has had a history or tendency to have ulcers?