I have a few questions about stomach ulcers in horses. We rescued an ottb mare in the fall. The barn manager said that the mare probably has stomach ulcers because
1. The mare pins her ears and moves away when you touch or rub her stomach area behind the girth on the right side
2. Ex-Racehorses are very prone to getting ulcers.
These are the only two reasons that were given as to why my mare might have uclers. Sometimes my mare gets really pissy/upset when I touch her right side. And then there are some days (especcially when she has been out in the big pasture) that she doesn't get mad and sometimes doesn't even care when I touch that side. Do you need to have more reasons a horse could have ulcers? Or are those reasons enough to think a horse could have ulcers?
Someone had told me if a horse is turned out a lot, fed more times throughout the day and stress is reduced that the ulcers could go away. But I didn't think that was true. Isn't that just for preventing ulcers? My mare was only turned out for an hour a day at the barn we boarded at...but now that we brought her home she is out 3 or 4 hours and we are going to increase that to hopefully the entire day.
I am probably going to have the vet do an endoscopic exam on her. I don't want her to be in pain...and I want her to be healthy. But before I have the exam done I just want to find out more information about stomach ulcers.