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  • All of a sudden my horse objects to be brushed
  • Mare suddenly getting grumpy

 
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    01-18-2011, 07:05 PM
  #11
Weanling
She DOES!! I thought she just didn't want her belly touched because she didn't want her udders touched.
How do you test for ulsers? She doesn't throw a fit to be sinched but she pinns her ears when brushing her belly she will bite th wall of her stall if she's in there loosly being brushed and even blanketed.
She's in a stall from 4pm till 8am
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    01-18-2011, 07:11 PM
  #12
Trained
Abby didn't throw a fit while being cinched either, she just pinned her ears. She only got really mad when I touched more towards her flank.

Normally they scope them. My vet is really big into acupuncture, so she put her little laser on Abby's "stomach spots" and apparently they were really hot (I know next to nothing about acupuncture). She said she wouldn't be that surprised if the cause was ulcers just because Abby's a fairly anxious horse and she had been moved from her home of 4 years (she's only 7, so over half her life).

But she was definitely grumpy for the month or so during diagnosis and treatment. The loping problem might also because when they have ulcers, anything I think over a trot (Not 100%, but that's what I think it was) splashes the acid around in their gut and causes pain. Abby threw a fit at a lope because of it.
     
    01-18-2011, 07:20 PM
  #13
Weanling
What's the treatment? I've heard of u-guard and I know that gro n win has a feed for digestive health issues that's supposed to be great. Is there a cure or is it continuous treatment
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    01-18-2011, 07:43 PM
  #14
Trained
I think it's more continuous treatment. GastroGard is the best, but it's very very expensive. My vet gave me this stuff called Draw. It was this clear liquid she said to put in her food. The bottle said it was to clean external wounds and the like, but the ingredients were simple. It worked pretty well. I'm going to start feeding her UGard just to keep them from coming back.

You'd have to talk to your vet. There are a couple different pastes (like GastroGard), which are pretty efficient. I noticed a difference with just two tubes of GastroGard over two days, except those two tubes cost me $75. The two bottles of Draw my vet gave me were $80 because I'm college and obviously broke. Abby also hates getting things put in her mouth.

You could call your vet and ask about giving her Pepto Bismol until she can come get checked out. It works the same in horses as it does in people and makes them feel better. My BO told me he has done that with his horses.
     
    01-18-2011, 07:54 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
I think it's more continuous treatment. GastroGard is the best, but it's very very expensive. My vet gave me this stuff called Draw. It was this clear liquid she said to put in her food. The bottle said it was to clean external wounds and the like, but the ingredients were simple. It worked pretty well. I'm going to start feeding her UGard just to keep them from coming back.

You'd have to talk to your vet. There are a couple different pastes (like GastroGard), which are pretty efficient. I noticed a difference with just two tubes of GastroGard over two days, except those two tubes cost me $75. The two bottles of Draw my vet gave me were $80 because I'm college and obviously broke. Abby also hates getting things put in her mouth.

You could call your vet and ask about giving her Pepto Bismol until she can come get checked out. It works the same in horses as it does in people and makes them feel better. My BO told me he has done that with his horses.
Yikes...he loves her but I'm not sure he's ready to pay that much...he might end up selling her back to the BO and either getting out of the horse business or get another... he's VERY green with horses. He got one by influence of his gf and then they split so he's left with a horse and has no idea what to do.
I advised him to call the vet and have her checked..
     
    01-18-2011, 08:03 PM
  #16
Trained
Ooh. That blows. But yeah, he should call the vet as soon as he can and ask about it.
     
    01-18-2011, 08:40 PM
  #17
Foal
Ulcers are what I thought too. We have a mare with ulcers and she quite eating and became irritable.
     
    01-18-2011, 08:58 PM
  #18
Trained
Mine's only symptom was that she suddenly went from mare-ish to just mean and was being a jerk. She ate. She also didn't have much reason to have ulcers. She wasn't grained. She was pasture boarded with free choice hay. The only thing that seemed reasonable was that her owner of four years sold her to me and the move stressed her out.

The day I noticed her getting mad about me touching her belly, when I went to catch her, her face was well into her hay.
     

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