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    11-10-2012, 10:47 PM
Stomach Ulcers

My 15.2hh horse was very skinny and lethargic. She was kept on good grass, ad lib hay with a good cover, 2 kilos of copra meal and 2 kilos of Rapid Gain each day.
However she was not putting on any weight so I called the vet. After a blood test, the vet diagnosed her with stomach ulcers. She is now on medication for her stomach ulcers and is going ahead in leaps and bounds. She has put on weight (although she still has a ways to go yet). I just wanted to share some photos of my gorgeous horse after this difficult time, if your horse is skinny and or lethargic, it could be worth getting a blood test done for stomach ulcers.

Photo #1: Just before I got her the medicine for stomach ulcers. Sorry about the bad photo, I didn't take many because she looked so awful but I found this one.

Photo #2: Two weeks into the recovery process, coat has gone shiny and she has gained some weight. Yay!!!

Photo #3: Three weeks into the recovery process, has gained more weight, coat is shinier and Millie looks a lot happier.

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    11-11-2012, 12:38 AM
She looks pretty good weight now, good for you! While her coat is a bit better, don't stress if it doesn't improve any more for a while, as it can take a few months, depending on time of year/coat stage. Extra omega 3s can help that too, as with hoof health(linseed/flax).

Did the vet talk about diet & how that affects gut health? You don't say if she's an OTTB or otherwise been intensively kept & fed, which is a common cause of ulcers(among other probs) but I hope all that copra & grain was being fed over a fair few small meals daily, mixed with a lot of roughage. I also hope that the vet has enough knowledge about diet to have advised you about the risk of high grain/starch diets. I'd personally reduce the copra - especially if only feeding over 2-3 meals daily, and ditch the Rapid Gain, in favour of beet pulp, rice bran, etc. I'd also be including some flax seed and good nutritional supp to get her up to scratch nutritionally.

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