EQUINE GASTRIC ULCERS
This is an image of a healthy equine gut, showing an example of 'copius ptyalism' or mucus lining in the stomach, taken by Dr. Jose Castro.
After seeing the positive impacts of the Thera-Tree on a client’s horse, and upon hearing about Tad’s group of carefully managed test horses, Dr. Jose Castro contacted Tad about conducting a study on the horses in the TCPS stable.
The 5 horses in Tad’s program live in an environment of controlled variables (no supplements, pharmaceuticals, or other therapies) with the sole purpose of being available to help Tad with saddle innovation. Over the course of thousands of experiments, these horses have provided the feedback necessary to understand the relationship between the saddle and the horse’s back.
It is remarkable to note that in the past 5-6 years, there have been no incidences of digestive disorders such as cases of colic or evidence of ulcers in the horses in Tad’s program. This timeline correlates with the inception of the SmartRide Rx technology in Tad’s saddles and his invention of the therapeutic device, the Thera-Tree. Also during this period, there has been visible increase in overall wellbeing among these horses, which leads credence to Tad’s hypothesis that his technology has an effect on water on a cellular level.
Tad welcomed Dr. Castro to conduct his own independent study of the TCPS horses in the interest of promoting holistic equine wellbeing, and also to see if Dr. Castro’s findings would help corroborate Tad’s hypothesis.
Dr. Castro's entire document "Prevalence of Gastric Ulcers in Horses Using the Thera-Tree" is posted as a PDF on our website: https://www.tadcoffinsaddles.com/studies
The CONCLUSIONS portion reads:
“The overall prevalence of non-glandular gastric ulcers in horses using the Thera-Tree® was 40% below the published prevalence. The grading score of the present ulcers was 2. This is a remarkable find considering the high level of training these horses are maintained at. It is noteworthy to mention the calm nature of all these horses, even while fasted, and the low resting heart rate. Special mention should be made to the copious ptyalism observed in all horses when compared with horses regularly scoped at Davie County Large Animal Hospital. Whether this is a cause or effect of the Thera-Tree® system is worth further investigation as it could be a reason for the absence of known ulcer history and/or clinical signs, and the low prevalence of gastric ulcers found.”
Stay tuned, in our next post we'll share the story of the horse in Dr. Castro's care that the Thera-Tree has helped so much.