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post #11 of 14 Old 05-29-2012, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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When I researched ulcers in horses some of the other symptoms were poor appetite, poor hair coat, mild colic, attitude changes such as a calm horse suddenly acting hyper or different, poor performance, lying down more than normal, sensitivity to touch on their lower stomach. He is not exhibiting any of these signs. Other than the weight loss he is completely normal. His coat is shining and looks great, he hasn't been lying down any more than normal and he is great with being rubbed all over. I know this doesn't mean that he doesn't have an ulcer I am just inclined to believe that it could be something else as well since the weight loss is the only sign I have to go off of right now.

I too am interested to find out what is really going on. I just heard from his leaser and she said he has gained some weight back in the last couple of days but I am still taking him to the vet nonetheless.

Also yes this vet is an equine nutrition specialist. I did some research on her as well and she is highly recommended by my trainer. She has a list of her specializations on her website and equine dietary and nutritional needs is one of those specializations :]
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-29-2012, 06:10 AM
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Alli almost certianly has ulcers. Never had her gastroscoped but my vet said shes about 99% sure it is ulcers.

However Alli doesn't display the 'typical' signs like the ones you said above other than that she windsucked like a deamon! Well she used to anyways before I put her on alfalfa instead of striaght barley (old owners feeding reigeme, not mine haha) and shes done amazing out of it. Super coat, healthy condition, and WAY less windsucking indicating the pain from the ulcers is dying down. Any kind of behaivour that releases endorphins (happy hormones which act like pain killers) like winducking, rolling, scratching continuously etc, or distracting behaivoirs like pacing, cribbiting, pestering other horses, could indicate stomach distress.

Whats your horses behaivour like normally and has it changed, even slightly, in the last month or so?

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post #13 of 14 Old 05-29-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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He is normally a calm and pretty complacent horse. The only thing that has changed is that he trips a lot more now but he has been partially blind in one eye from a past abuse that he incurred when he was about 17. His blindness has gotten worse and I am figuring that is why he is tripping more than before. Other than that he isn't any different. No rolling, scratching, windsucking or anything. He just stands around and grazes and occasionally plays around with the mini that he is pastured with. I don't see any odd behavioral changes at all.
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-29-2012, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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So had the vet out today. She recommended we switch his feed. He is being pulled off the senior feed, beet pulp, rice bran and cool calories and being switched to Triple Crown 35% or something of that equivalent. She gave us three different brands he could be on and we can chose from those, I just don't remember the other two.

Had blood drawn and will get the results from that but she said she is pretty confident that nothing will show up on his blood panel. We are having a chiro out as well and putting him on glucosamine. She said he seemed really healthy for his age and history.

He is only allowed to do low impact/trail riding now. Works great cause the girl leasing him only wants to do trail riding. I am looking into leasing a horse myself for eventing. Overall he is a healthy and happy boy. Should be great after the chiro.
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