Even though Izzy has been on Platinum since late June, my trainer, Chemaine Hurtado, wondered if some of his excess tension/energy was coming from the Platinum. She suggested I take him off of it for a week or so and see if anything changed. I did as she suggested, but his energy level wasn't affected. Instead, he started to get pretty loose poops.
When I next see my vet, I'm going to talk to him about ulcers again. Izzy did go through a stressful period when we moved barns a few months ago, so it's possible that he has a bit of a tummy ache.
Back to the Platinum ... It took me about a week to connect the dots, but within a few days of being off the Platinum Performance, Izzy was getting pretty loose poops while I was tacking up. This is definitely NOT normal. In fact, over the weekend, his poop was more than just loose; it was absolutely ploppy.
I started to rethink the ulcer thing and did some quick research with Dr. Google. While not prescription strength, calcium and magnesium are quite commonly used in over the counter ulcer supplements that are designed to neutralize excess gastric acid.
Since it was wet and dreary yesterday, I decided to just hand graze the boys. I don't want Izzy to feel that a halter always means a ride. Neither horse seemed to mind that no tack was involved in their day.
Hopefully Izzy's poop returns to normal as he gets back on his Platinum Performance. Either way, I'll still run it by my vet.