Once again, I am attempting to complete the A to Z Blogger challenge. Last year I made it to the letter T - it was tough because I was taking a course for work and we ended up going to Rolex so I was away from my computer. Of course this year it's the same story - I started my last course for my accreditation at work and we are going back to Rolex. Hopefully I can get a little further than last year!
If you are new to the A to Z Challenge, here is the run down from the A to Z blog; "The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day. - See more: here."
Today I am writing about a new product I have recently discovered called Acid FX. From this website: "ACID FX is a blend of USP Calcium carbonate and USP Magnesium Oxide (neutralize acid) and Soy Lecithin and L-Glutamine (coat and help heal ulcers). ACID FX does not effect performance testing".
In laymens terms, Acid FX is a type of oral supplement given via dosing syringe before you ride or trailer, to help settle your horses stomach and thus, decrease nerves, performance anxiety, and increase performance and comfort. To understand how this works and why it is different than a calming supplement, you have to understand some basic horse physiology and nutrition.
If I have to explain the basics of horse nutrition, I might go on for days so you are just going to have to take my word for it - that it does what it is supposed to. Acid FX is designed to coat the stomach during work or stressful times. A horses stomach is extremely acidic and is designed to be protected by fiber (grass/hay) practically 24/7. This is why it is important to feed your horses little and often. The lower half of the stomach contains a protective mucus that is a barrier from the acid. The upper portion of the stomach does not have this barrier and thus is susceptible to ulcers and indigestion from acid splashing above the barrier line. Normally, a horse who is grazing or fed hay on a constant will have a full stomach of fiber to protect it from the splashing. A horse who is being trailered, ridden, shown, or stalled, is likely to not have a full stomach and thus a barrier from the hydrochloric stomach acid.
Once in work, a horses stomach can shrink to %60 it's size. This makes the occurrence of acid splashing into the vulnerable areas of the stomach much higher. Over long periods of time this can cause your horse to develop ulcers. However, even if your horse is not suffering from ulcers, the short time effect of acid splashing can cause stress, discomfort, indigestion, and erratic behavior in your horse. Enter the Acid FX fix.
Acid FX is designed to coat the stomach, and thus prevent the acid from splashing onto the delicate lining of the stomach. With no discomfort, the idea is that horses will be calmer, quieter, and more enjoyable to work. I can attest that I tried Acid FX on Penny and William last night and both were noticeably more relaxed and stress free - after having three weeks off because of the crappy weather - they were surprisingly quiet! My friend Dana also tried this with Archie before the show last weekend and there was a MAJORLY noticeable difference in him - to the point that I had actually thought he might be sick he was so quiet!
|Trailering is always worrisome for Archie|
So far, it seems that Acid FX is going to be a valuable tool in my barn. It is completely safe and does not test - it is legal for all horse sports including racing. I am forgoing my Chill and going with Acid FX from now on. It's affordable and easy to administer if your horse is good with a syringe.
Give it a try sometime and let me know what you think!