Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK
I read a post on here about someone who's having a problem with a newly purchased horse. A lot of people are suggesting stomach ulcers, and there's a video mentioned a lot on the topic on palpating certain areas where ulcers could be present (and if so, the horse will show that they are uncomfortable)
I noticed recently that my mare is touchy in these places exactly.
(I used to have a mare that liked her tummy and armpits tickled - but as soon as I did this when I got my other mare, she was very uncomfortable - at the time I thought she was just ticklish and thought no more of it)
She's also twitches on her withers/shoulder blades, even though I had the physio in September (he sorted her out completely and was happy to come out again in 6 months) but I was going to ring him about the twitchy withers and get him out sooner. He also checked her tack at the time, which was fine, and I've barely ridden due to bad weather anyway.
Along with this, she's very cinchy, even with rugging up.
I have her on a high sugar diet, as she's a tb and I'm super paranoid about her losing weight. But in the video, the guy says that she should have no sugar in her diet! So, now I'm bummed out, because I'm convinced she has ulcers, but I'm also worried if I take her off all sugary food, what do I give her to keep her weight up!? I guess it'd have to be a high fat diet rather than sugar.
Please can somebody tell me:
-What is the best thing to give her for ulcers (things like "ulcer-gard" Etc)?
-What shall I swap her feed to containing little sugar?
She's on hay not haylage, which I suppose is good, but the rest of her diet is a quite sugary (just because I'm super paranoid about weight loss. She hasn't lost weight, in fact, she was race fit when I got her, I think she's just starting to get to a nice riding horse weight, although I'm hoping to get her a little more muscled up in summer)