my horse has an oral fixation. so we're standing around gossipping and he starts chewing the post and rail fence. my friend is adamant that he needs some Slippery Elm supplement because wood chewing indicates deficiencies in their diet and he could also have ulcers. i tried to explain that he is not restricted to just wood! he'll chew whatever's available - he's a smoker. when he's bored - getting glammed up, massages or during his owner's gossip sessions, he likes to smoke. aka, chew something. what do you reckon? i am not about to go and put him on it, at any rate... just wondering what you think?
Franki's not a chewer (Or Smoker as you put it, I quite like that) but he does get bored OH SO EASILY. seriously, the second he's out of hay it open stable door and go find more (hehe that rhymed). we've tried every thing to keep him IN his stable, eventually we found a horse shoe jamming the bolt keeps him in nicely (we tried a nail over the bolt, took him about a week to figure that one out, then we tied it shut, that took about two days, then one morning I walked in and found a 2x4 nailed to the door!), anyway, he liked to lick things and eat things (hay, grain, my phone, me, my fingers, the door, his poo etc.) so to relive the bordem and the lack of good things in his body, I got him a lick! he LOBES his lick, he got it two days ago and theres already a dent in it! So yes I suggest a lick, the one I got is a 5kg block of mollasses and and other yummy things, and lots of herbs for his lungs and feetsies and all kinds of things that are good! and they smell AMAZING (and taste too, shhh, I didn't lick it!), they last about 20 days for a normal sized horse, about 250g a day is the average intake, and they're resonably priced, mine was 15 euro, I'll see if I can find you a link. Oh the brand is Horslyx as well, but sure any lick will do! I'm not sure if thats what your looking for, but it can't do him any harm!
Review- http://www.horsetackreview.com/review-display/5142.htmWebsite- www.horslyx.co.ukOh and in reference to the actual question, I have no idea what slippery elm is, and if theres suspicion that your horse has a ulcer, well only a vet can tell you that really.
If you did feed him slippery elm I don't think it would hurt him any, it's a fairly harmless herb with it's main effect being that it soothes and heal mucosal linings. I've drunk it lots for my own stomach problems, didn't do enough for me. I have also heard the whole wood chewing=diet deficiency thing, and the whole wood chewing=ulcer thing as well. It does make me think back to your post about his weight / condition...and like I said then if he's ribby it *may* indicate absorption issues a.k.a. possible ulcers but given he does fiddle with everything and he does it when he's bored...yeah, i think you've just got a 'smoker' on yr hands...
hey yr journal has a new layout...very soothing...:-)
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