Originally Posted by Country Girl
but how about a training program for her? How would I and the owner start her off? She has not been broke yet (so of course there is the stress of that for her) and we have plans of harnessing her, and the owner knows how to do that stuff...
But I guess my main question is how often do you guys work your horse and what is the activity level - obsessively it depends if the ulcer is inflamed or not - but how can you prevent them from flaring up?
with proper care a horse that has a propensity for ulcers can be broken, excersised and ridden just like any other horse. I am an eventer and as such spend a HUGE amount of time riding and conditioning my horses. We ride everyday for atleast an hour maybe more and do tons of trails and outdoor work, lots of hacking and arena riding too.
The important part is to listen to the horse itself. My girl always tells me when she isn't feeling top noch or when her tummy is tender because she gets bloaty through her barrel and she gets sluggish and exhibits a reluctance to truely move foward and engage. She also gets a bit girthy. On those days we lounge lighty since exercise/movement does help the horse move the digestive process along and it helps releave the gas my girl builds up when her tummy acts up. Sometimes I pony her with me on my thoroughbred mare or take her for a handwalk to the big field where she has access to lots of grass and just let her graze. I also add rinitidene back into her diet at that point for a week or two so that it helps curb the developement of her ulcers and keep the uguard going in the feed though supplement as that takes a while to build in the system.
On days that my girl is feeling fine I exercise her just like I would any other three yr old which is often and lightly. I find that consistant exercise and turnout and lots hay do more for keeping my girl fit and heathly than any powder, pill, or liquid has done.
We had no reoccurance of ulcers during the process of introducing the saddle and rider to my girl, we just took it slow and gave her plenty of time to think. She took to it like a dream and we haven't had so much as a buck or a fuss from her (lucky is what it is but i'd sure like to think its cause I did everything right the first time
Anyways i'd say that its always good to talk to your vet and make sure there are no special concerns or extenuating circumstances with your girl but otherwise go about your business as usual and just keep an eye out for changes in attitude, behaviour eatting habits ect. If her tummy is acting up she will let you know in her own way. That I am sure of.