Drifter has ulcers. Vet believes it was a condition he has been living with for a quite a while due to poor management from previous owners. He was scoped a few months back but the scope did not show anything. His symptoms increased and vet officially diagnosed him a few days ago.Poor dude
I have been researching as much as possible on ulcer diets but I was hoping y'all could help me clear up a few points and give me advice where needed.
I posted in this section a while back about using purina strategy to help drifter gain much needed pounds. He is doing fantastic, and his grain intake has been cut down to maintenance levels. Should I cut the strategy completely now that I know he has ulcers? And if so, what do I replace it with that will help him maintain his weight? He is an appendix, but is a hard keeper (I
Blame his TB mother haha).
His current feed routine is:
-5 lbs purina strategy broken up into an AM and PM feeding at 2.5lbs/feeding
The purina is soaked because it has still been pretty hot down here and drif does not always drink as much as he should
- he gets a flake of grass hay with each feeding
- he gets a flake of alfalfa with his PM feeding, plus one flake before a ride
-he is on 24/7 pasture in an approx. 70 acre pasture with 20 or so other geldings.
For ulcers he is getting 13 150mg ranitidine pills with his AM feeding and 15 pills with his PM feeding. He is on this until his ulcer guard comes in.
I rode him a little bit today and just 2 days of the ranitidine has changed him completely! Vet says this confirms it is ulcers.
I am wanting to start him on soaked alfalfa cubes beause my vet told me this can help soothe his stomach. Should I replace his hay intake with this? Or should it replace the strategy ? Or just be in addition to everything?
Thank you for your thoughts! Also, drifter never showed the symptom of being a little off his grain. I try not to go off that when diagnosing any issues he had. I feel like due to his lack of feeding in the past, if there is grain there he is going to eat it. He does eat slower when it's soaked, but does not seem reluctant. Only adding this because my vet had mentioned that most horses are reluctant to eat grain with ulcers since it causes a build up of acid if I understand correctly. Drif was never like this.