My horse has got very touchy round her tummy lately- she's deffo not pregnant as she's been in season since but it seemsto be when she stays in the field over night she will come back with a rumbly belly n if you stroke her belly her ears go back
Could she be bloated? She's in no pain when I ride with the girth(its slightly elasticated to allow them to breath) and she's okay when she's been rested of the grass-
Yeah she brings her back leg up every so often when she has tummy ache, she's a very 'broody mare' if that helps?
Yeah she's still fine in other departments with eating n drinking n so on, nothing wrong there :)
Yeah its from the middle of her belly(the lowest bit) to her privates, but she's never been keen on people messin under there but never been like this- its more her belly though it seems, as I often clean her womanly area haha
A rumbly belly is usually a good sign. Although I do remember my vet telling me that increased gut sounds can sometimes be a sign of spasmodic or gas colic.
IMO, I feel like colic isn't the issue here, unless it's very very mild. I say this because it seems like it's been going on for an extended period which is what leads me to think ulcers could be the issue. But you can't be sure unless you get the vet out. I second the comment about her possibly coming into heat. My mare doesn't like having her stomach or hips touched when she's in heat, and usually nothing bothers her.
Also, some horses just have those "spots" they don't like having touched. I doubt this is your issue either because it's only recently become a problem, but I've had my gelding for almost 8 years and he's NEVER liked having his flank area or belly brushed or touched. He pins his ears, lifts his hind legs up, bobs his head, etc. I don't even curry the area. The vet said it could have been from being whipped in that spot when he was on the track or his skin is just very sensitive. He's perfectly healthy otherwise.
What is this horse's work schedule like? Does it have food continually throughout the day (like hay) or just fed once or twice a day?
Horses' bodies are designed to be consuming and processing small amounts of food all day, and when this doesn't happen or when they're worked excessively, the stomach acid eats away at their stomach lining and gives them ulcers. Many horses get upset tummies from ulcers and especially hate being groomed on a tummy full of acid. Alfalfa and magnesium are great natural protectors from ulcers while you could also use supplements to guard her stomach lining. These are all safe options to try and if there's no markable difference then that isn't your problem.
It certainly could be from her heat cycle too. I suggest asking your vet what they think, tell the vet your horses exact diet too.
Good luck with your pony's tummy :( I hate tummy aches!