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post #1 of 15 Old 12-16-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ulcers

Can a horse get ulcers without being on grain. Just being on free range hay?

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-16-2013, 12:55 PM
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It's possible. We would need to hear more about lifestyle/health history/worming history/etc.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-16-2013, 12:58 PM
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Depends....we need to know about the horses history, what he currently does for a job, is he alone, worm schedules, ect. Because many factors come into play as to why a horse gets ulcers.

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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She was getting regular exercise being ridden by a trainer. Worked 5 days a week about 30 mins but pretty intense. Had some issues and all of a sudden out of the blue started bucking. Was a dream worker previously. Had the chiro out and has had two adjustments in about six weeks. Worked on hills and backing and took about three weeks off.

She's back to riding lightly but still is not happy. Demeanor has changed and just "looks" crabby. Not bucking but wondering now if it is also ulcers. On regular worming regimen but hasn't been fecal tested lately.

She's in with 5 others on round bale that is switched out between alfalfa and grass hay.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-16-2013, 01:36 PM
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I would have her vetted. Could be ulcers, could be something else. The only way to know for sure if it's ulcers is to have her scoped.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-16-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Rather than spending a boatload of money on a scope I think I will try Rantidine for a couple of days and see if there is any improvement.
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-16-2013, 09:10 PM
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I just started treating my senior horse for ulcers. I am treating her with Omeprazole that I buy in the generic form from Horse Prerace, its about $8 a tube and works the same as the name brand but a lot less money. You could buy a few tubes and see if she changes after a few days. The omeprazole lasts 24hrs so only have to give it once a day.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-17-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Great advice. Thanks!
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-19-2013, 04:32 AM
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The horse's stomach is small compared to humans. Their digestive system produces substances to protect the stomach from the effects of the acid and enzymes. For horses, hydrochloric acid is constantly being produced. So, if a horse does not eat, the acid accumulates in the stomach, and can start to irritate the stomach, especially the non-glandular portion. Ulcers are very common for horses, they should be treated often with medicines. We, as their owner should do prevent them to have ulcers because it's a very fatal thing for them. I remember when my horse (Garret) had an ulcer and I didn't have any idea what to do that time. Good thing the internet that time was alive and found myself solutions (probably bought some medicines over) on how to prevent it. God, the internet sure is useful. Haha.
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-19-2013, 08:24 AM
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It is an established fact that foals can have ulcers and weanlings can get ulcers just from being weaned.

You can Google "ulcers in foals and weanlings" and get a lot of credible hits.

Causes of Horse Ulcers - PetMedsŪ

Where it says in part:
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Between 60-90% of foals and stalled weanlings have ulcers.
My point being, "yes" the horse on free range hay and not receiving grain can have ulcers

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