Rite-Trac Gets William Back on TrackBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 17, 2017
Grumpy attitude; unwilling to work; frequent colic signs; horse seems uncomfortable. It’s sometimes difficult for owners and veterinarians to diagnose a specific problem for horses with these signs, but many equines with gastric ulcers or other digestive tract discomfort exhibit similar behaviors.
She said, “I bought William, an event horse, as a six-year-old. I knew he cribbed, but his owner didn’t tell me about his frequent bouts of gas colic. William had a deep, barking cough related to dust in his hay. I started soaking it, and he ended up with colic after a few days. Soon he was dropping with gas colic two to three times a week, and my vet bill was getting huge. After working with equine nutritionists and researching William’s signs, including an enormous hay belly, it seemed likely that he had gastric ulcers.”
“William had a bad attack of colic one morning after eating haylage,” Annie continued. “My veterinarian recommended putting him down, but I wanted to give him a chance so I took him to a veterinary clinic. One of the clinic vets talked through William’s symptoms and diet. He said to feed him a high-fiber diet with no sugar and ad lib hay. I watched everything he had and stopped all treats, even carrots. I also started him on RiteTrac, a nutritional supplement designed to support total digestive tract health.” (Australian clients looking for similar digestive tract aids can use Neigh-Lox and EquiShure).
Annie reported, “William has responded well, becoming much more relaxed and not so grumpy. His gas colic attacks are less frequent and his bloating has been greatly reduced. He used to get so worked up in competition that he would be tense and reluctant to go forward. He is now a more relaxed horse.”
According to Annie, there was another change for the better. “When I was working him at home, it had always been hard to get him going in the arena, and he was having intermittent lameness. My veterinarian could not find a reason for this, as his back was good and strong. Since William has been on RiteTrac, the intermittent lameness has stopped and also he is more forward-going as soon as I get on him.”
When mild discomfort in the digestive tract is relieved, many horses respond as William did, seeming to feel better and performing with greater ease. Horse owners should ask a veterinarian to examine any horse with recurrent colic, and should also consult an equine nutritionist for help in making dietary adjustments.