Originally Posted by RacingKB
Okay, so I own a 6 year old off the track thoroughbred. In the past month and a half he went from being very well muscled and pushing on stocky to looking like a horse you would see on one of those animal cops shows that's been neglected for months. The vet has been out 3 times now, checked manure (its clean of all parasites), his teeth were just floated recently eventhough they didn't really need done (i did it as a precaution), and he is up to date on all shots and wormers obviously. He wears a heavy blanket through winter and has a walk in barn available to him, he is eating 4 slices of hay in the morning, 4 at night, and being fed a mixture of rice bran supplement and Rider sweet feed twice a day as well. He does have stomach ulcers and has been much more persistant about cribbing lately even with his cribbing collar on. Vet has no idea whats wrong with him, and is coming back for a blood sample but says we shouldn't wait more than a week because he's afraid of the way my horse looks as well. (this vet saw my horse a couple months before and knows he is well taken care of so he knows something is up) Does anyone have any ideas what this might be? Or what I can do to put some weight back on him as fast as possible? I heard vegetable oil helps?
WHY is he on sweet feed if he has ulcers????? Sweet feed is super high in NSC. High NSC diets CAUSE ulcers and will continue to make them worse. GET HIM OFF THE SF and onto a LOW NSC feed such as Triple Crown Sr ASAP.
Get him on free choice hay. Horses stomachs NEVER stop producing acid. Hay buffers the acid. He needs to have hay available AT ALL TIMES.
Start him on alfalfa hay or alfalfa pellets. It is very good for ulcers.
The ulcers WILL NOT go away on their own. He needs treatment for them. Either put him on UlcerGuard or put him on 3mg/lb of cheap human zantac (ranitidine) every 8 hrs for 60-90 days. I choose to go the Ranitidine route bc it is MUCH cheaper than Ulcerguard.
Oh.. and find a new vet b/c your is an IDIOT to say the least.