Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
The fact he says the horse is "too young" is a red flag to me. Now if he actually got in there and checked for points and said they are fine - that is different. I've got a horse here that checks fine every year and hasn't needed a float while others need them every year. And I've had a horse as young as 3 years old who has needed a float. I do think some of it has to do with diet. I find the ones fed more grains and concentrated feeds tend to get the points faster than ones fed all-hay diets. However, even with that in mind they should be checked yearly at a minimum.
As to horse ulcers - I'm sure some meds could aggervate them once there - but the biggest causes are stress, stalling for long periods, limited to no contact with other horses (believed to increase stress), not having constant feed - horses were designed for food going through their system almost 24/7.
But if you are seeing no signs I would first get teeth done and just give the home/feed regime some time to work. You said she is already looking better, correct? If she is continuing to improve I wouldn't be too worried about ulcers at this point, but its just something good to keep in mind if you find that she is not hold weight despite plenty of food, good teeth, and worming.
All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!