Originally Posted by Poseidon
If you can't afford scoping, is there a vet in your area that does acupuncture? Since I don't have a trailer and my vet's clinic is over an hour away, she used acupuncture to determine it was something with her stomach and with her kind of uptight personality, she said she wouldn't be surprised with ulcers.
She gave me medication for it and treated her for a month. Her big belly's gone. I can touch her stomach. She'll trot and lope without issue.
Does your mare throw a fit about trotting or loping? If they have ulcers, they don't like going faster because it sloshes around the acid in their stomach and is painful.
I don't have a trailer either and the vet hospital is probably an hour or so away, i've never been there so I don't know exactly how far it is, but I don't think they do acupuncture, there is a small animal clinic that I used to work for and one of the vets there does it, but I don't think she will work on horses, do you think putting her on this would help? U-Gard - Ulcer & Gastric Health Supplements from SmartPak Equine
I haven't worked with her in a while, but sometime she wouldn't want to go and she would cow kick, but once she started going she would be good, I have noticed that in the pasture she is very lazy, I hardly ever see her trotting, even when we open the barn door and call her for her grain she just takes her time walking, she used to run in like a crazy psycho and you were always careful not to be in the middle of the door lol, I thought it was just because she was comfortable with her environment, but maybe that's because of an ulcer, Thanks for your help, normally I would call the vet and enquirer about the endoscopy (which I believe cost between 300-800 from what i've read online) but my boyfriend job has been slow and he's been having a lot of unpaid time off so we really just can't afford to spend that kinda of money right now, we are having trouble just paying the bills as it is