When the vet finally graces you with his/her presence, PLEASE ask him not about fore and hind gut ulcers but about lipomas.
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Colic-Endell Veterinary Group - Equine Hospital
| This is a fatty benign tumor that is round in shape and is attached to the mesentery via a long narrow cord. They vary in size from 5cm in diameter to bigger than an orange. They may entwine around the intestines causing a strangulating obstruction. The entwined intestine is often severely damaged and requires removal under general anaesthesia |
You can also Google "equine lipomas" and get a lot of credible hits; credible as in vets and/or university sites.
My 25 yr old has colicked no less than five times since this past March. He's been with me 22 years and never had so much as a tummy twinge before now.
My vet is supicious of lipmas but there's no way to test for them, unless I want to truck this horse 5 hours to the university. No point in that as there is nothing that can be done about them anyway; I don't have Mitt Romney's dressage money.
He has Equine Metabolic Syndrome and I'm willing to blame that but who knows.
Anyway, regardless of your horse's age, lipomas could be a distinct possibility. Do your research and compare your horse's symptoms to what you read. That will give you some credibility when you talk to the vet.
It wouldn't hurt to print anyone of the lipoma articles off and show it to your vet, if your vet scoffs at the idea.
That all said, my horse is on rigid diet. Absolutely no grain. Most of the time he can eat his Triple Crown Senior and their 30% ration balancer.
This morbid heat/humidity we're locked into has affected his eating so all he is currently eating is rice bran with a handful of carrots/apples crushed in the blender. I do that to get his insulin herbs and arthritis meds down him.
He is also on Succeed because he tested positive for hind gut ulcers --- $90 a month Succeed SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program Equine Supplement
Succeed makes a fecal kit for vets to where they can check for ulcers.
I hope this helps, good luck