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Show tips to capitalize on investment in training and preparation

Whether you’ll be entering the show ring for the first time or returning after a hiatus, preparation is key for a successful and enjoyable start to the competition season.

Sometimes, even the simplest trip can be stressful. All trips can benefit from preparation and planning, helping to ensure you’re ready when the truck and trailer reach the show grounds. Here are some ways to help make your first show of 2009 a success:

-Equipment: One or two days before leaving, make sure all tack, clothing and grooming supplies are packed and on your trailer.

-Paperwork: Be sure to bring current health certificates, negative Coggins test, copies of association membership cards and registration papers.

-Travel safety: Plan your travel route and timing early, allowing for traffic and any inclement weather.

-Backup plan: Even if traveling a short distance, check your emergency kit to be sure it includes any necessary tools and medical supplies.

It’s also important to make sure your horse is healthy and ready to compete. Even for experienced show horses, the stresses of the show ring could be enough to throw horses off their game.

Such stresses can lead to equine stomach ulcers. In fact, the stress of training, traveling and competition1 can lead to stomach ulcers in as little as five days2 and can mean that all of your hard work and preparation may fall short of that blue ribbon.

ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) is the only product approved by the FDA for the prevention of stomach ulcers. The next time you anticipate a stressful situation for your horse, consider using ULCERGARD. One daily dose of ULCERGARD has been proven effective in preventing stomach ulcers over both short and long periods of time.*,1

Don’t let the stress of your first show this year take your horse out of the winner’s circle. Ask your veterinarian about ULCERGARD, and make sure you — and your horse — are ready to bring your A-Game.

 

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