Staying on Guard

Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily 

Good horse health care is part of the equation for racetrack success.

If your horse is acting different, check for ulcers today.Journal photo
From AQHA Corporate Partner Boehringer Ingelheim

For American Quarter Horse breeder, racing enthusiast and barrel racer Christina Zehender of Fort Jennings, Ohio, the proof is in the racetrack payout. But the cash might have remained on the table had it not been for her willingness to give a promising 4-year-old one more chance at good horse health.

Christina’s gelding, Quickflyin Elin, bolted out of the gate as a 2-year-old, finishing his inaugural year on the track with a win by more than two lengths at the Buckeye Futurity. But as a 3-year-old, “Eli” didn’t seem to be quite as good.
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“He had one win, but didn’t step up in the derby competition like we expected,” Christina recalls. “After placing seventh, my trainer said he would never be competitive in Indiana, where we race, so we brought Eli home to think about other potential careers.”
Christina wasn’t ready to give up on Eli’s career as a racehorse and thought the gelding might be suffering from ulcers, which could have been hindering his performance. Although her veterinarian didn’t have an endoscope, he concurred with Christina’s thinking, making a presumptive diagnosis.
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“Eli is very nervous and doesn’t like change,” she says. “When he came home from the track, he wasn’t eating well and was depressed.” Eli was given a regimen of Gastrogard (omeprazole), the only FDA-approved treatment for equine gastric ulcers, and returned to his normal self.

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