Originally Posted by New_image
I have not looked into ulcers. I have to date never had a horse with ulcers and never even thought about this. I will certainly look into it. What do you do for her?
Well for the longest time I just thought she was a witchy mare but then I stated reading thing on here and it seemed to fit to I decided to go out the next day and rub her belly and oh boy! The ears went back and I got the death look, then if I kept rubbing she would try to kick my hand. Before I started treating her she was a very slow eater and would kick the wall while eating. I started her on generic zantac(although prilosec is better I couldn't afford it). Talk to your vet about dosing, I was able to figure dosing myself as I have access to a veterinary formulary. After a week on the meds her symptoms resided and she was back to her sweet self and eating normally. A diet high in alfalfa(which is high in calcium) helps neutralize the ulcers, making sure they always have hay or grass will also help. A while after finishing a month of the meds she started showing symptoms again, I did another month of meds and also started her in ulc-r-aid which has been fantastic, a few weeks ago something got into the tack room and licked the bucket clean so she was without the meds for about a week and just from being off it that week she is showing symptoms again, If tomorrow she is still showing signs(i've doubled the dose of ulc-r-aid) I will go to walmart and start her on meds again! The only sure fire way to know if it's ulcers is to scope them, but that is pricey (i think it's 300-600) and having the meds work is a pretty good indicator to me, the generic zantac cost me about $48 for a month of pills at walmart where as the gastrogard(which is the same drug as in prilosec) can run about $1200/month. I'm not sure how much it would cost to treat with generic prilosec but I think I figured it out to be at least 200.
ETA: stay away from sugary and starchy feeds, corn and oats can really aggravate ulcers. Did your TB race? I've read that 90% of Tb's that raced have or have had ulcers.My Tb also dropped weight when she started showing the ulcers symptoms, she started acting up around sept/oct and I didn't realize her stomach was bothering her until feb