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post #1 of 9 Old 07-13-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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horses get tummy ache?

my horse has got very touchy round her tummy lately- shes deffo not pregnant as shes 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? shes in no pain when i ride with the girth(its slightly elasticated to allow them to breath) and shes okay when shes been rested of the grass-
any ideas?
any solutions?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-13-2012, 08:35 AM
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How long has this been going on?

Does she kick at her belly? Has she been drinking and pooping?

She could be in heat or may have strained her muscles.. Is it more near her private parts of where the girth is?

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yeah she brings her back leg up every so often when she has tummy ache, shes a very 'broody mare' if that helps?

yeah shes 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 shes 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
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It could just be she's in heat. Mares get very fussy in that area.

But it's always a good idea to get her checked out in case it's something more serious like colic or ulcers.

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thankyou :)

i dont spose you know of what i can do to get rid of gas aswell?
i know of horses including one of mine to become bloated and gassy- any food or something i could give?
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Exercise is good for gas. I'm not sure of foods you could give her to help her feel better :/ Sorry

Here's an article though

Natural Treatments for Bloat & Excessive Gas (Farting) in Horses

Has she been farting or relieving herself of gas?

I would call the vet personally.. any kind of bloating in a horse makes me paranoid about colic :/
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I would also be worried about ulcers -- ditto calling the vet.
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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.
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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!
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