$250K in ulcer meds donated to New Vocations

T-bred Silver Value receives a dose of GastroMax3, which was made up especially for New Vocations horses by its manufacturers, Horse Gold Inc.

T-bred Silver Value receives a dose of GastroMax3, which was made up especially for New Vocations horses by its manufacturers, Horse Gold Inc.

Horse Gold Inc., the manufacturer of ulcer treatment GastroMax3, has donated $250,000 of its product to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption—enough to treat 400 horses expected to come through the charity doors this year.

A special batch of GastroMax3 was made specifically for the Ohio-based charity after longtime horseman and philanthropist Scott Robinson, CEO of Horse Gold Inc., decided he wanted to “do something big” for the charity.

After receiving an inquiry from New Vocations Founder and Executive Director Dot Morgan, seeking possible donations of the medicine that she says is “like gold” to her charity, Robison says he started thinking about ways to do even more.

Dot Morgan

Dot Morgan

“I asked her how many horses she had, and when she said about 400, I said, ‘How about I donate enough tubes for every horse?’ She kind of broke down in tears,” Robinson says. “She said she told everybody, and they were all screaming and crying.”

He adds, “It was the right thing to do. That way they didn’t have to pick and choose which horse got treated.”

With that decision, Robinson had a special batch made up for New Vocations. The batch is dyed red for accounting and tracking purposes, but it might as well be spun gold for Morgan and the horses.

Says Morgan, “A lot of horses coming off the track are stressed, and underweight. Evidence suggests that 75 to 85 percent of horses off the track have ulcers.”

Horses that fail to thrive, or do not eat well have blossomed with the ulcer treatment, she says. And having an ample supply of the treatment, which retails for approximately $17 per tube, is a godsend, she adds. “Until now, we could only justify the cost for the worst cases. This generous donation will benefit all the horses.”

How this New Vocations horse looks, as though jumping with joy, reflects the mood at New Vocations since the generous donation was made. Photo by Aubrey Crosby of ACE Photography.

How this New Vocations horse looks, as though jumping with joy, reflects the mood at New Vocations since the generous donation was made. Photo by Aubrey Crosby of ACE Photography.

Robinson has been a regular contributor to horse charities, and to New Vocations.

“Horses have given me my career, and my happiness,” Robinson says. “They’ve raced their guts out for their owners.” It is fitting, he notes, that with his help, and 14,000 tubes of his product GastroMax3, a lot of ex-racehorses will be a lot more comfortable as they ease into their new careers.

Adopters who purchase horses treated with his donated product will also be given the opportunity to buy it at a steep discount, going forward, he adds.

“We don’t want the cost to be a factor in maintaining the health of the retired horses,” he says.

9 responses to “$250K in ulcer meds donated to New Vocations”

  1. Allie

    Oh that is so AMAZING! Good on you, Horse Gold! I’ve never heard of this product, but will be checking it out for sure, based on this generous donation to a non-profit helping OTTBs!

  2. Rebecca

    That is so awesome!!!

  3. VICTORIA RACIMO

    A huge shout out to Scott Robinson and Horse Gold. This is a miraculous show of heart and caring bc it really is giving back on a large scale. I understand that the great Hall of Fame Jockey, Jorge Velasquez , endorses and believes in GastroMax . This is a much needed boost to the needs of horses at New Vocations, Scott’s gift is generosity personified. Thank
    you.

  4. Callie1983

    There is no question that Thoroughbreds that have raced all have Ulcers. I have 2 that have these but I am managing them with Diet as I cannot afford the medications. I give these horses joint supplements as well due to the lingering effects of track injuries. I have been rescuing horses since 1995 and the majority I have rescued are off track Thoroughbreds and they are lovely Dressage horses.

  5. Susan Crane-Sundell

    Scott Robinson is really making a huge difference in the comfort of horses. This is a wonderful transition aid. Horses who spend long hours in stalls and eat high quality feed are more likely to develop ulcers. Racehorses are plagued by ulcers. This gift will really help them in their transition throughout their rehabilitation and train toward their second careers. This truly is a great gift to OTTBs. Hopefully as they get more turnout time and medication,their ulcers will heal and they can thrive as they go into their new homes.

  6. Christie Crawford

    A gift of compassion and one that will make a huge difference in the lives of so many racehorses and to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Center. Thank you Mr. Scott Robinson and Horse Gold for giving back so generously.

  7. jon

    This is a huge donation of medicine that will help so many horses that are plagued with gastric ulcers. Mr. Robinson certainly has a huge heart when it comes to helping the OTTB.

  8. Michelle

    Another big thank you to Scott Robinson and Horse Gold! What a generous and compassionate gesture this was to make. I can only imagine the relief the staff at New Vocations must feel knowing this one major aspect of their rehabilitative efforts is taken care of for the year.

  9. Canter Michigan

    A big thank you to Scott Robinson and Horse Gold for donating to organizations that help Thoroughbreds find new careers and new homes. Thoroughbreds are great athletes that do well in other careers such as sport horses, but they do need special attention, like treating ulcers, when they come off the racetrack.
    CANTER and New Vocations work very hard to successfully transition thoroughbreds across the United States and it’s so gratifying when some acknowledges your work by saying “I want to help you.” Congratulations to both of you!
    Thoroughbreds are the big winners here!

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