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post #1 of 4 Old 06-18-2012, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Stomach Ulcers! Do's and Dont's?

If your horse has stomach ulcers what do you use to treat them with? It was suggested that I use Neigh-Lox. How long does it take for stomach ulcers to go away? Does the horse have to be on the supplement for the rest of his life? Is there something else that needs to be used to treat the ulcers and the Neigh-Lox be used as a preventitive? How many times a day does the horse get the dose?

I have a 9 year old Registered Quarter Horse, however he looks like an appendix/thoroughbred more then a quarter horse. He is thin but is quite active as he does barrel racing and is rode 5-7 days a week. His coat is shiny, he is in shape, and is very muscled for his slender frame. He is on a round bale all night and gets 1 1/2 scope of grain in the morning. A couple days ago my trainer called to tell me that he has been in his stall for over 2 hours and still has yet to finish his grain (1 1/2 Scopes). She suggested he might have stomach ulcers. I bought him back in November and he was not really rode and I have been riding him consistently and brining him back into shape and he also moved from being stalled at night to outside 24/7 except for grain in the morning. I was looking through the signs of Stomach Ulcers and discovered the diarhea (sp) is quite common and when I am working him he will have diarhea. He is cranky and has mood swings, between the back coupling and the croup he is sore and I heard that in sever cases that will be sore?, takes forever to eat his grain.

Thank you for reading, I have no idea where to start and have questions. Please and thank you for all of you help!
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You should have him scoped to see if he actually has ulcers. This is the ONLY way to diagnose it for sure. That being said, he sounds like a prime candidate and is showing some signs. I would lay off the grain as this can really increase your risk of developing ulcers in a horse that is already prone to them. Rice bran is a great way to get some extra weight on him without dumping a load of grain into him and setting off the chain that leads to ulcers. Grain overload can also cause diarrhea or it could be caused by some parasites. I would definitely recommend seeing a vet so they can scope him and do a fecal to check for parasites.

The only way to "cure" ulcers is to lower the stomach pH enough so that it can heal itself. Neigh-lox and other non-prescription drugs aren't very effective at doing this and are much better used as preventatives. Omeprazole (gastroguard) actually prevents acid from being pumped into the stomach and is your best bet for curing ulcers in addition to management changes such as lowering stress levels, reducing sugar (grain) intake, etc.
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Diarrhea while being worked can be a sign of stress or anticipation.

I have a horse on Neigh-lox. She doesn't have ulcers but she had an episode of enteritis a few years back & as we'll never know why the vet figured it wouldn't hurt to use the Neigh-lox. I feed 1 scoop 2X/day. The scoop comes with it, I think it's 3 ounces.
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Thank you for reading, I have no idea where to start and have questions. Please and thank you for all of you help!
Start with a vet exam.

Ulcers are very $$ to treat. If he doesn't have them, you do not need to treat them.
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