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        08-17-2007, 06:53 PM
    The majority of horses with gastric ulcers do not show outward symptoms. They have more subtle symptoms, such as a poor appetite, decreased performance and a poor hair coat. More serious cases will show abdominal pain (colic)

    Above are the symptoms of Gastric ulcers.

    My horse

    Does not:
    -have a poor appetite. ( In fact she loves to eat)
    - have a decrease in her performance. ( it has actually increased)
    - have a poor hair coat. ( It is shiny and it is extremely soft)

    - had colic once ( 6 months ago) and it was a mild case the vet didnt even have to come out!


    * I didnt ask what could go wrong and if its a bad thing. Because I know it is. I asked if you have solutions! And if you don't have any then don't reply to this topic!
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        08-17-2007, 07:05 PM
    I think the current theory is that windsucking can cause ulcers, not that it is caused by it. Also, ulcers can be caused by stress, AS IS windsucking - that's why they are associated, and also why they're common in racehorses. So maybe your mare doesn't have ulcers, but she's in a high-risk group.

    Can you not get more turnout? Is it your land or are you boarding?
    Muzzles, as a rule, don't stress out horses. A horse with a grass muzzle usually stresses before he works out there's hoel through which he can eat, but after that is fine. If she is truly happy with her environment, then using a muzzle or collar will just remind her she shouldn't do it, and if the source of stress is gone, that should be enough to break her of the habit.
    That is, if she's not really really stubborn
        08-17-2007, 07:12 PM
    I know she's at a risk and that's why im asking if anyone has tips.

    It's not like I'm taking action, I'm trying to find an easier way.

    She's been getting hot sauce on her stall everyday I come down.

    I bought a cribbing paint(?) I guess you would say. It's a liquid you paint onto the wood that makes the horse not want to chew it and she has a miracle collar on.

    I board her. And they have a schedule that they can get out on. I can put her out more. But I can't be there all day.

    And she's a mare. So she can be prettty stubborn. She already figured a way around her cribbing strap.
        08-17-2007, 08:18 PM
    You have a tough situation. The best solution would be to keep her turned out much more often, but it doesn't sound like that is an option in your situation.

    Maybe try the muzzle.

    Free choice hay, as ryle said, would also probably be a good solution, but probably not realistic in your situation (would get pricey and very messy).
        08-17-2007, 08:42 PM
    Yeah that's why I was asking for help.
        08-17-2007, 09:11 PM
    I know you are asking for suggestions and I made more than one....but you are missing the one that will probably make THE MOST CHANGE in this behavior--trying one of the antacid supplements.
        08-17-2007, 09:56 PM
    I know the muzzle sound cruel but the steel muzzles allow them to graze. The nylon muzzles are velcroed to your halter so It's easy for them to rub off. They have nylon halter muzzles that might be okay but again, they can't graze with they nylon muzzle. I personally liked the muzzle better than that tight collar. The collar never really stopped my guy from trying to crib. Cribbing will definitely be worse if they don't get much turn out but there's not much you can do about turn out in a boarding situation. You might want to try the "No Chew" supplement. I've heard that works on cribbers too. I haven't tried it because I'm nervous about adding any supplements to his diet. Again, good luck.
        08-17-2007, 10:58 PM
    Well I've been reading up and have found that there really isnt a solution. :(

    So Im just going to deal with it. I'm still going to use the cribbing halt(paint) and her miracle collar.

    But Right now she is superr healthy and a great horse. I don't want to do anything to change that. :P

    Who knows I just bought the cribbing halt (paint) It might just work.

    I Hope!!! :)
        08-18-2007, 10:40 PM
    Keep us posted. I'd love to hear if anything works. For now I just treat my guy like a smoker.... Give him dirty looks and tell him what a bad habit he's got :roll: . I gave up actually trying to really correct him (it just made him a nervous cribber). My stall is pretty crib proof but I would need to run an electric wire to stop him from cribbing on the fence. I'm just not ready to do that yet. I've got two small children that probably wouldn't like the shock treatment.

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