Gastric Ulcers

Posted by Saddle Up on May 15th 2019

Ulcers, unfortunately, are quite common in horses, especially competitive performance horses. Common symptoms include: unexplained colic episodes and discomfort while cinching up. To be absolutely sure your horse has ulcers you will need to have a vet out to examine your horse through an endoscope.

Stress is the number one cause of ulcers as well as frequent dosing of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and low-fiber diets.

The most common treatment for ulcers is a medication called omeprozene, but there are other more natural methods of treating ulcers.

The best prevention of ulcers is keeping your horse as stress-free as possible and on a diet high in roughage (hay) and frequent, small feedings. 

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~ Saddle Up