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?