The vet came out and said it really sounds like ulcers. Temp, heart rate, breathing rate, color, etc. all seem good for his age. He thought he was in great condition for weight, etc. as well.
We can not figure out any stressors that might have caused this to come on. He has been with us since Feb. He has the same horses he is out with, the same diet (a mash 3 times a day of senior feed, alfalfa, and beet pulp), same free choice grass mix hay, etc.
The vet gave us banamine to give him today and tomorrow. He took some blood to run some blood tests and said to watch him and just keep him calm and comfortable.
He mentioned that if this is ulcers the treatment is about $1000/month and they might come back. Are there any other things that might help him? Honestly, at 30 years old, $1000 for a month of treatment is quite a bit. He is a WONDERFUL horse that trail rides several days a week with my special needs girls riding him. With winter coming though, we don't want him to suffer either.
Any hints, ideas, etc?
Any experience with the U-guard or whatever it is called from Corta-flx?