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post #1 of 5 Old 10-15-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Dealing with ulcers and feed.

Firstly, I do not know if my gelding has ulcers, but am pretty sure he does. Previous owner said nothing of them, and I've only recently become familiar with them with research and reading since acquiring him. My geldings new diet is 1/3 can Blue Seal beet pulp (then soaked), then full can of Blue Seal Carb-Guard (honestly not sure how many lbs this is, going to get a scale soon but I can roughly estimate it to be at least 3 pounds per can) X2 daily with unlimited hay through slow net feeder. I've been noticing every now and then when he eats his grain he just stops, kind of just stands there, sometimes walks away and then returns and barely munches on more food.. repeatedly. This sounds like ulcer symptoms that I have read of. Tonight as he was doing this I went to put my hand on his flank to see how warm he was, and he pinned his ears back and went to bite me. Very unusual, so I know he was uncomfortable. This has only happened a handful of times since I've had him and thought nothing of it, just that he might be full from eating more food then he's use to. He also cribs, and is from the track (but not recently). From what I've read, alfalfa helps them, so would I be better soaking alfalfa cubes vs. beet pulp with his feed? Should I put him on the Sentinel Senior vs. the Carb-Guard? & last but not least, should I be calling my vet out to scope him?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-15-2012, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Also I'm not sure how taking him off grain would go because he's kind of a hard keeper.
I've also heard of "tests" people can do, such as giving them tums or mylana (not sure if that's how it's spelled).
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-15-2012, 12:22 AM
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You can treat for ulcers and if he has them, you should see a difference within a couple of days.

I typed something up about ulcer treatment recently and am too lazy to retype - here's a link.

I Think He Has Ulcers... What To Do For Now
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Great, thank you!
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-15-2012, 04:54 PM
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We have a lot of ottb's at my barn and were told carb guard is a good feed for horses prone to ulcers and colic so I wouldn't worry about taking him off that just yet. Unless directed by your vet.
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