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FROM OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS TOP QUARTER HORSE TRAINER KNOWS THE VALUE OF PREVENTATIVE EQUINE HEALTH CARE W hen Pete Kyle of Kyle Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, starts planning his competition year, like any good trainer, he considers multiple vari-ables—his non pro rider’s goals, the individual horse’s current level of training, conditioning time and show scheduling. While all of those are im-portant, there’s another—keeping his show string healthy throughout the entire show season. “You can control a lot of things—choosing which shows to attend, which level of competition the horse is ready for, even how quickly to try to move a horse along,” says Kyle, an AQHA Profes-sional Horseman, World Champion, five-time USEF Gold Medal winner and AQHA board mem-ber. “You can also con-trol the horse’s nutrition program and other vari-ables that contribute to overall good health. But what you can’t con-trol is the horse’s re-sponse to the normal stress of a training and showing program. Some horses handle it all without a problem, but others react negatively to that stress, sometimes developing equine stomach ulcers.” Research has shown that two out of three non-racing performance horses have equine stomach ulcers. 1 Kyle has even experienced equine stomach ulcers with A Ruf Gal (Lil Ruf Peppy x My Top Sail Gal), his highly successful 2013 USA Reining Horse of the Year. “I’ve seen the negative effects that stomach ulcers can have on horses,” he says. “A Ruf Gal is very athletic and willing. She’s won Gold at the North American Riders with our son, Reed, an AQHA Reserve World Champion Amateur Reining title with my wife, Tamra, and has won more than $100,000 in just a year’s time span with me. Although she has the ability and the mind to compete, she has always been a bit on the nervous side when showing and keeping her weight up has been a challenge. We found that by using ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) before and during shows, she seems to adapt much better.” Weight loss, like Kyle experienced with A Ruf Gal, is just one of many possible clinical signs of equine stomach ulcers. Others include al-tered eating and drinking behavior, change in attitude (for the worse), dull hair coat and re-current colic. 2 WALTENBERRY Pete Kyle riding A Ruf Gal

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TOP QUARTER HORSE TRAINER KNOWS THE VALUE OF PREVENTATIVE EQUINE HEALTH CARE

When Pete Kyle of Kyle Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, starts planning his competition year, like any good trainer, he considers multiple variables– his non pro rider's goals, the individual horse's current level of training, conditioning time and show scheduling. While all of those are important, there's another–keeping his show string healthy throughout the entire show season.

"You can control a lot of things–choosing which shows to attend, which level of competition the horse is ready for, even how quickly to try to move a horse along," says Kyle, an AQHA Professional Horseman, World Champion, five-time USEF Gold Medal winner and AQHA board member. "You can also control the horse's nutrition program and other variables that contribute to overall good health. But what you can't control is the horse's response to the normal stress of a training and showing program. Some horses handle it all without a problem, but others react negatively to that stress, sometimes developing equine stomach ulcers."

Research has shown that two out of three non-racing performance horses have equine stomach ulcers.1 Kyle has even experienced equine stomach ulcers with A Ruf Gal (Lil Ruf Peppy x My Top Sail Gal), his highly successful 2013 USA Reining Horse of the Year. "I've seen the negative effects that stomach ulcers can have on horses," he says. "A Ruf Gal is very athletic and willing. She's won Gold at the North American Riders with our son, Reed, an AQHA Reserve World Champion Amateur Reining title with my wife, Tamra, and has won more than $100,000 in just a year's time span with me. Although she has the ability and the mind to compete, she has always been a bit on the nervous side when showing and keeping her weight up has been a challenge. We found that by using ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) before and during shows, she seems to adapt much better."

Weight loss, like Kyle experienced with A Ruf Gal, is just one of many possible clinical signs of equine stomach ulcers. Others include altered eating and drinking behavior, change in attitude (for the worse), dull hair coat and recurrent colic.2

Besides making ulcer prevention a priority for his show string, Kyle also uses ULCERGARD® for young horses during stressful situations, such as when they are starting a training regimen. The product is approved for use in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds.3

ULCERGARD® is the only proven and FDA-approved product for the prevention of equine stomach ulcers. Although there are other products available to horse owners that may claim to prevent ulcers, they have NOT been approved by the FDA. Horse trainers and owners can learn more about the FDA approval process and how to determine if the products they are using are FDA approved by visiting equinedrugfacts.com.

"We spend so much time and invest significant resources in the preparation of these horses for the show ring," says Kyle. "We want to be sure what we put in their mouths is safe and effective."

For more information about equine stomach ulcers and ULCERGARD ®, visit ulcergard.com.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

ULCERGARD® can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in

pregnant mares has not been determined.

®ULCERGARD is a registered trademark of Merial. ©2014 Merial Limited, Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1343 (01/14)

1Mitchell RD. Prevalence of gastric ulcers in hunter/jumper and dressage horses evaluated for poor performance. Association for Equine Sports Medicine. September 2001.

2Equine Gastric Ulcer Council. Recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). Equine Vet Educ. 1999;11:262-272.

3ULCERGARD product label.

NEW EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS PROVIDE IMPORTANT EQUINE STOMACH ULCER INFORMATION

With two out of three competitive horses suffering from equine stomach ulcers, 1horse owners need access to important information about:

• Understanding how ulcers occur
• Recognizing the clinical signs of ulcers
• Preventing and treating ulcers
• Knowing which products are effective

Now, this information is available in a new series of three easy-to-understand videos:

WHY EQUINE STOMACH ULCERS HAPPEN

A horse's stomach can produce up to 16 gallons of acid each day.2 A high roughage diet, found in natural grazing environments, results in a decreased level of acid due to a buffering effect of the grass and the horse's own saliva. However, many horses are stalled with limited turnout and fed fewer, larger meals, including grain. These situations can cause acid levels to rise in a horse's stomach. This video also addresses other causes and risk factors that horse owners should know.

PREVENTING AND TREATING EQUINE STOMACH ULCERS

Stomach ulcers have been identified in horses of all breeds, disciplines and ages.3 They can be prevented with the use of ULCERGARDR (omeprazole), the only proven and FDA-approved product for the prevention of equine stomach ulcers.4 ULCERGARD works by blocking the production of excess acid. For the treatment of equine stomach ulcers, the only proven and FDA-approved product is GASTROGARDR (omeprazole) 5. Horse owners can learn more about prevention and treatment in this video.

WHY MOST EQUINE "ULCER" PRODUCTS AREN'T WORTH THE GAMBLE

There are dozens of products claiming to prevent and/or treat equine stomach ulcers. These products are often falsely advertised as "generic" or "just as good as" ULCERGARD or GASTROGARD. However, there are no generic versions of either drug. In one study, five such products were tested and found to have formulations as low as just 63 percent of the labeled active ingredient (omeprazole).4 This segment will help horse owners learn about the types of products available and about the importance of choosing those that are FDA-approved.

"Owners have a tremendous emotional and financial investment in their horses, and want what's best for them," says Megan Green, DVM, manager, equine and large animal veterinary services, Merial. "Being educated and understanding equine stomach ulcers is important for the animal's overall health."

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Caution: Safety of GASTROGARD in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined.

ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.

®ULCERGARD is a registered trademark of Merial.©Merial Limited, Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1342 (11/13)

1Mitchell RD. Prevalence of gastric ulcers in hunter/jumper and dressage horses evaluated for poor performance. Association for Equine Sports Medicine. September 2001.

2Kitchen DL, Merritt AM, Burrow JA. Histamine-induced gastric acid secretion in horses. Am J Vet Res. 1998;59(10):1303-1306.

3Data on file at Merial.

4ULCERGARD product label.

5GASTROGARD product label.

6Stanley SD, Knych HK. Comparison of Pharmaceutical Equivalence for Commercially Available Preparations of Omeprazole. AAEP Proceedings. 2011;57:63.

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