Family picture at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Family picture at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Hi everyone! I’ve been hearing A lot about equine ulcers lately, so I decided to do some research… there are 2 kinds of ulcers that are treated differently- I will talk about stomach ulcers today….

1.) WHY should I be concerned?
According to thehorse.com 50-90% of all performance horses have ulcers. And only 4-10% of them will heal on their own.

2.) WHAT causes ulcers?
Horses were made to graze all day. Their bodies constantly produce stomach acid. Up to 9 gallons per day. If horses aren’t eating, the acid can build up and splash on the upper part of the stomach causing ulcers.

3.) WHAT are the signs?
Decreased performance (barrel horses that won’t go in the alley, rope horses that won’t score all the sudden….), attitude change, poor body and coat condition, Weight loss, off feed, colicky acting especially prior to feed time, laying down a lot

4.) HOW do I know if my horse has ulcers?
You can have a vet scope his stomach.

5.) WHY do some horses get ulcers?
Stress is a big factor. Ulcers can be caused from using a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs (such as bute and/or banamine) as well.

6.) HOW can I prevent ulcers?
Free feed, more pasture time, limit stress and anti-inflammatory drug use- or talk to your vet to change the drug you are using.  Once a horse is diagnosed with ulcers your vet can help you manage them successfully with feeding programs, omeprazole, Ulcer Guard, or even some more natural remedies.  Blogger note- I have been using equi-sure now by pro earth and it has done amazing things for my daughters’ pony with ulcers. It’s all natural, inexpensive and it has really worked.www.proearthanimalhealth.com

See you down the road!
Hillary

Special thanks to Dr. Mandy Holland
www.thehorse.com
www.blog.sstack.com

 

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