I use this for my imported 8 yo Oldenburg Gelding that is a chronic colicker, hospitalized 12 times over the past 2 years. I have tried similar products without success. The vets and I were at wits end so I decided to try UltraDigest along with the Equishure and have seen remarkable results. He has made it through the fluctuating temps of spring without colicking which is amazing. He is maintaining weight and is comfortable, which has been difficult to achieve. This is the best digestive product, along with Equishure, that I have tried.
May 17, 2013
I started my mare on SmartDigest Ultra about 3 months ago for the ColiCare program and as a substitute for the UGard + Ration Plus combo that I was using. I figured I'd get the perks of ColiCare while saving money.
I have never had a problem getting my mare to eat a supplement, but she HATES this one. I have to mix it with a handful of soaked alfalfa cubes once a day just to get her to eat it. She is on Triple Crown Low Starch, which is a dry pellet, so the powder doesn't stick to it. She would eat her grain and leave the powder in the bottom of her bin, or not eat her grain at all. This is a high-stress TB cross mare whose management must be carefully monitored. She'll lose weight at the drop of a hat, and her not eating her grain was a problem. I started mixing it with applesauce in the beginning just to get the supplement into her, and then came up with the alfalfa cubes idea.
This supplement really needs to be available as a pellet, and not just as a part of SmartCombo Ultra. I don't want to spend $100+ on a single supplement when she has to be on others regardless. Low starch grain, which is better than sweet feed for digestive issues, is almost always a dry pellet. There is nothing for this powdered supplement to stick to.
For the last month, my mare has been on stall rest for an annular ligament injury. She is hand-walked every day, and she has a buddy stalled next to her to keep her company. I have hay in front of her 24/7 in a slow feeder, and her grain portions were reduced. We have done everything to reduce the likelihood of her developing ulcers due to stall rest. She was in a situation with limited turnout in the past with no gastric issues, following the same protocol as we are now. The only changes were the supplement, which I have made sure she ate every day since starting it. If I could give it a 0 for palatability, I would.
She was diagnosed with ulcers this week. She has been very nervous and jumpy; she is picking at her hay; she has lost weight, and her belly is incredibly sensitive, and while we were cleared to start riding at a walk, she bucks at the slightest touch of the leg. I have started the treatment with GastroGard under my vet's supervision. This was the last straw with this supplement. Needless to say, I will be taking my mare off of this supplement and putting her back on UGard and Ration Plus. She is insured anyway (thankfully!)
May 16, 2013
A different horse
I had recently completed ulcer treatment with my horse and he still seemed sensitive and on the grouchy side (very unlike him). After about 3 weeks on the SmartDigest ultra he is back to his sweet self, calmer, doesn't move away when I try to tack him. And there is a noticeable difference in his stools. He also likes the taste of the pellets!
May 14, 2013
Relief is worth it!
Being the type who always worries about my twice coliced, rescued horse, and someone who keeps extremely busy, once Smokey started on Colic Care I felt a sense of relief. I don't always have to remember to renew my prescription, plus Smokey has not coliced, since. Best of all, should he, we have the option of surgery. Thanks for your honest efforts towards improving horses lives, your product, "insurance" and considering the busy lives of your customers.
May 11, 2013
Peace of MIND!
When all the horses had colic at the barn...I decided not to take the chance and so far...so good!
May 10, 2013
My draft cross has a lot of issues with runny stool, with white legs to the knees and a white tail it was a nightmare. 2 weeks after I started the supplement, clean legs and tail!!! SO grateful for this product, and colic care to boot...awesome :)
May 10, 2013