I have a 20 year old gelding who had colic surgery 5 1/2 years ago. He had a lipoma that was wrapped around his small intestine. They removed the fat tumor along with about 2 feet of his intestine. He has been healthy every day since, thank goodness!
To get to the point… I have been more than paranoid about what goes in my gelding’s mouth ever since the surgery, due to not knowing how much scar tissue is around the area where they had to sew his small intestine back together. I have had him on SmartCombo and SmartVite Senior since last spring and he was doing great on it. Although for winter I want to change him to a different supplement regumine since he doesn’t get used much and basically I just want him to get his basic vitamins he needs, some fatty acids and an oral joint supplement. A combonation, preferably cheaper than my summer combo. The reason I’m writing here is because I’m scared to try something such as SmartTLC or SmartFlex Senior due to the herbs that are in these… Am I being crazy? I know these herbs can really give older horses extra relief with discomfort. I would like to try them but I’m worried about them irritating his stomach? Is it safe for him to get these herbs even after his past colic surgery? I’m going to be giving my vet a call but I wanted to know if anyone has experience with this same dilemma or knows more about these herbs than I do.
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