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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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stomach ulsers?

I just have a few questions on stomach ulsers and if you can tell me anything else it would help thanks.
What causes them? How can you tell if your horse has them?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 12:19 AM
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If you mean diagnostics, I think endoscopy is how they generally diagnose ulcers. I believe that Omeprazole is a common drug that's used to treat it. Can be pretty expensive stuff though.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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I waas wondering because my three year old is always so, tense, and spooky and seems stressed even when I don't ride or work him. My other two are layed back and nothing really gets to them. But for some reason he's hyper and ready to run if he needs too.
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Stress is usual cause of stomach ulcers in horses. But can also be caused by lack of eating, not enough roughage in feed plan, and the extended use of medications such as Bute or Banamine.

Symptoms include:
Sudden personality change, suddenly angry
Girthiness
Puffed out belly
Extreme dislike of having belly touched
Protesting at moving above a walk (trotting and above jostle the stomach and cause pain)
Dull coat

To diagnose, the most sure way to determine is by scoping. However, if that is not possible, some may choose the "guess and check" method using medications such as Gastrogard and Ulcergard. Both are extremely potent and if a horse has ulcers, a change back to normal attitude will be noticeable.

Here is an entire website about ulcers: Gastric Ulcers in Horses: Causes, Signs, and Treatment

Your horse sounds more like a high-strung 3 year old to me rather than a horse with ulcers.
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he has hay 24/7, a mineral block all three share, water 24/7, and gets sweet feed with biotin every day after school, not much just enough so they get something and are happy. He doesnt mind trotting I can ride bareback troting around. His coat is fine. But he is moody and will pin his ears for no reason. Wont bit or kick at me but just pin them.

I was asking because my friend said her pole horse was on an ulser supplement and he's hyper and just go go go. And it made me wonder about my guy.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 12:41 AM
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If you are concerned about it, call your vet. Strangers on the internet cannot help much more than providing information. I am no vet, I am just speaking from my personal experience with equine ulcers.
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