Viable Help for Cribbing due to Stomach Acidity
February 23, 2004
Absorbine® Pro CMC® Gastric Relief Formula coats and soothes the horse’s stomach lining, guarding against gastric distress. This non-prescription feed supplement is an excellent source of calcium and magnesium and horses love the apple flavor. Horses being fed a high grain, low fiber diet, or undergoing the physical and emotional stress of training, shipping, weaning, or drug therapies can be susceptible to equine gastric distress.
Cribbing is a common problem among horses and Absorbine Pro CMC may help control this unhealthy and destructive habit. Cribbing is a behavior in which the horse uses its teeth to clamp down on a horizontal surface, arches its neck, and strains to pull back, gulping in air and emitting a grunting noise. Air is sucked into the esophagus, which can lead to poor digestion and colic. Although there is no definitive answer as to the root of this behavior, one possibility is that cribbing is a response to pain in the stomach and intestines resulting from acidic conditions. Many inactive horses who spend a lot of time in the stall ingest grain as a diet staple and may be predisposed to stomach acidity. In addition to cribbing, symptoms may include poor appetite, poor performance, chronic colic, and general malaise or bad temper.
To help maintain healthy digestion, Absorbine Pro CMC’s buffered formula, which contains calcium and magnesium, neutralizes stomach acids to soothe and coat the stomach lining. The health goal of Absorbine Pro CMC is simple – to reduce gastric distress. That leads to less pain, improved digestion and appetite, less cribbing, and better performance. Absorbine Pro CMC does not disrupt existing feed programs. Simply mix one to two ounces of apple-flavored Pro CMC in feed once or twice a day. The supplement quickly coats the stomach lining and the benefits to the horse begin immediately.
Absorbine Pro CMC is available nationally at tack shops, farm supply stores, and through national and regional catalogs. For a dealer near you or for more information, visit the Absorbine website at www.absorbine.com. Founded in 1892 by Wilbur Fenelon Young and his wife, Mary Ida, W. F. Young, Inc. has provided over a century of quality health care products for the equine industry. From its headquarters in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, the company is committed to extending this heritage into the new century.