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