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June 17, 2016

Help your horse combat equine ulcers

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Do you want to Excel this show season?

Veterinarians who study ulcers say that nearly 90% of our horses have and suffer from gastrointestinal ulceration.

Some symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress are:

  • Ulcers
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Body soreness (especially over the low back/lumbar area)
  • Cribbing
  • Sensitivity over the sides (especially over the last rib)
  • Acting “cinchy”

Anxiousness, anger, defensiveness, dead sided, weaving, stall walking and teeth grinding are also symptoms associated with re-occurring ulcers.

“Ulcers have become extremely prevalent in today’s horse.  To combat stressful conditions such as stall confinement, training, competition and hauling, I created Excel to promote health throughout the entire digestive tract.”  – Mark DePaolo, DVM

Excel helps to soothe the entire digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and the colon), which aides in lessening the discomforts of digestive issues. The key ingredients, Aloe Vera Powder and Marshmallow Root Powder, promote overall digestive health and help to reduce the negative side effects of gastric upset. They work well with the prebiotic, Zorien MOS(R), to allow increased absorption of needed nutrients from food.

Ginger has been historically used as a natural preservative and to relieve inflammation. It also assists with nutritional absorption, as well as encouraging the decrease of gas, bloating, and indigestion.  Psyllium Husk Powder has long been recognized as an excellent means of getting more dietary fiber and promoting colon health. Psyllium forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon, which keeps the bowels soft and regular. This mass also helps absorb toxins.  Slippery Elm Bark Powder resists breakdown from stomach acids and enzymes so it maintains a soothing action throughout the digestive system. It also helps regulate bacteria in the intestine and enhances good gut flora. Marshmallow Root is a mucilaginous extract that promotes soothing.

I had dealt with recurrent ulcers in my off track thoroughbred mare.  Almost immediately after putting her on Excel, her appetite returned, her eye softened, and her bowels became more normal.  She just seemed so much happier and more comfortable in her skin.  Rachel Soffer

My entire barn is on Excel. The stress from training, trailering and showing is tough on horses. I trust Excel to keep them feeling good and prevent digestive problems. Bad attitudes, cinchiness and nervousness often go away with new horses that come into the barn. I totally attribute this to the Excel. Wendy Potts,  Head Trainer at Freewill Farm, LLC

Excel is an all natural digestive health supplement that is fed daily and may be used long term without the possible build up of aluminum, found in daily antacids, which may create a metal toxicity.  It is mixed with brewer’s yeast and fenugreek to make it more palatable to the horse.

A healthy digestive system is discussed in the Health Library under the Digestive category.

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