Have you seen the Constant Comfort Block?

Please note, this post was unsolicited and uncompensated by Tribute Equine Nutrition.

I picked up this “buy one- get one” offer at my local feedstore recently. I also received an email regarding this Nationwide (in the USA) offer from Tribute Equine Nutrition.

For the price of one ($9.99 in my case), you get two Constant Comfort Blocks. These are 15 pound solid mineral blocks that are designed to “soothe and support” your horse’s gut health system.

They function like a salt block in the sense that the horse ingests the ingredients by licking the block.

“The very first gut health system to help soothe and support your horse 24/7! Allow free-choice access to the Constant Comfort™ block and add the Constant Comfort™ Plus topdress to your horse’s regular feedings and before times of stress.

Product Details:
Formulated with Seaweed Derived Calcium to help maintain proper stomach pH.
Contains Aloe Vera, Glutamine and Lecithin, which can help soothe the stomach.
Added Equi-Ferm XL®, a pre- & probiotic, supports hindgut health.
When used together, the Constant Comfort™ gut health system offers your horse 24/7 support.

From the Tribute Equine Nutrition Website”

My guess, based on looking at the ingredients, is that this product was made in mind mostly for those equestrians concerned about their horse’s potential to develop ulcers, even though I don’t see that explicitly stated on the block.

As for me, I have not yet had a horse that I knew to have gastric ulcers. The symptoms themselves can be vague. The only way to know if your horse actually has ulcers is to have them scoped (gastroscopy) by a veterinarian. I have never had that done before so I can’t confirm or deny the presence of ulcers in any of my horses from that standpoint.

If you are unfamiliar and would like to read about gastric-ulcers in horses, I recommend this piece, written in 2016 by a veterinarian, from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

https://aaep.org/horsehealth/equine-gastric-ulcers-special-care-and-nutrition

This article by Dr. Nancy S. Loving, DVM from Horse Illustrated in 2019 is also informative

Overcoming Ulcers in Horses

In looking at all the horse risk-factors for ulcers, probably my horse, Bear, would have the highest overall risk. He has been on the equine pain medication Equioxx for several years now to help with symptoms of arthritis. One of the know side-effects of long-term NSAID use is ulcers. Hence my own interest in using a product that may speak to a horse’s gut health.

While there is only one FDA approved medication for treating ulcers, there are dietary and lifestyle changes that can lesson the chances that a horse will develop gastric ulcers in the first place or lower the likelihood of recurrence.

Now, will the Constant Comfort Block (along with the recommended Constant Comfort pellets which I did not purchase) actually make my horses’ guts feel better and thus be part of a larger plan to help prevent gastric ulcers in my horses?

How would I measure if the product actually works for my horses?

Am I wasting my money?

These are all questions that I have about the Constant Comfort Block. Really about any nutritional product that we feed to our horses. There is a lot of heavy marketing involved (and apparently a lot of money to be made for the manufacturers) in the recent proliferation of types of horse feeds.

I personally picked up the blocks out of curiosity. I am saving them to put out later this Winter. I will likely put out one block and see if any of my horses will even lick it.

I suppose I remain skeptical about the value of the block, but I am always up for trying a new product, especially when it involves a BOGO offer.

To learn more about the Constant Comfort Blocks, go to
https://tributeequinenutrition.com/constant-comfort-system. Through the Tribute Equine Nutrition website, you can find out if a feed store in your location carries the product.

What about you? Are you concerned about your horse having ulcers? Have you ever had a horse diagnosed with ulcers via gastroscopy?

4 thoughts on “Have you seen the Constant Comfort Block?

  1. Howdy, I personally have not had any of my horses scoped but I had adopted my sister’s horse when she moved to Idaho and could not take him. Before she moved she suspected ulcers as he was unusually girthy, not very pleasant to brush around his stomach area, I can’t remember all the signs or symptoms as it was over 5 years ago. (He also was diagnosed with EPM which my sister treated). Our vet said let’s treat him for ulcers as it doesn’t hurt them to treat if they don’t have them. He improved immensely and was much happier after being treated. (He has since passed away earlier this year, his name was Zack, such a sweet boy.) 😥

    My mare I suspect got ulcers when I moved over a year ago to a different stables. I could tell she was very stressed and unhappy there and to make a long story short, I started her on pelleted Ulcer Gard which I give her daily now. I’ve since moved back to the stables she was happy at and I’m happier too as all my friends and riding buddies are there. (I moved to help a friend with her horse and I thought mine would handle the new place but it all didn’t work out as my friend moved too, and is at a different facility, horsey drama or people horsey drama 😆)

    Now I have my 3 yr old thoroughbred I just adopted. He is doing great but in August had a bout of gas colic. I now feed him stress relief from Redmond, which has salts and magnesium and other good ingredients to help their guts and he gets Ulcer Gard too. It can’t hurt him at all. I believe the gas colic could have developed because he didn’t have enough water with the auto waterers (even though we never know exactly why they colic) I have added a big tub of water in addition to his automatic waterer. Anyways, this product you feature is very interesting but am not sure if my horses would even lick it? I like to put the preventive ulcer stuff directly in their feed and they do eat that. I have heard of another ulcer feed product called Magna Gard, (I’m sure there are more products on the market) but haven’t tried it yet. They are doing good on ulcer gard and will continue since it can do nothing but help them. Thank you for sharing!! Can’t wait to hear if your horses try the block! ❤️🐴❤️

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. Happy that you’ve been able to help the different horses in your life resolve their issues and feel better. It is often a bit of a puzzle in trying to figure out how to help each individual horse, isn’t it? I guess it is that way really with any horse health issue, but especially so for the internal issues where we can’t readily and easily identify what is wrong. And just between you and me, “horse people drama” hurts my stomach too. Thanks again for reading and commenting, Diana!

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  2. I have had a horse with ulcers and it was a nightmare. He developed a resistance to the gold standard ulcer medication and then he got a thyroid illness and foundered. We could not give him any pain meds as these would be too painfull for him due to his ulcers. I had to put him down. Biasini once had a minor colic after a difficult trip home from Florida and had to go to the hospital in Guelph. I asked to have him scoped as the colic symptoms were similar to ulcers. He had some pin points in his stomach so he got a month of Gastrogard and was scoped again. He was completely clear! I now give him a syringe of Omega Alpha’s Gastra FX which has stomach quieting ingredients before I tack him up. For showing or shipping I always give him Gastrogard as a preventative.

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    1. Oh, what a difficult experience to have gone through with your other horse, Anne. Trying to combat multiple illnesses all at once sounds like a nightmare indeed. And I could see how giving pain meds to a horse diagnosed with ulcers would be contraindicated. So good to hear that Biasini responded well to the Gastrogard. And that the second scoping proved that it worked to heal his ulcer spots!

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