Have you noticed your usually hearty eater has become grumpy at dinner time? Maybe pinning his ears? Eating slower or not at all?
Has your horse started swishing his tail or moving around when you tighten the girth but you have already ruled out poor saddled fit?
Well you might be dealing with an equine ulcer. Since horses can’t verbally tell us what is wrong, behavior changes are usually the first indicator that something is amiss. Horses associate a negative result with the most recent thing that has happened so they might be associating eating with pain. Cranky behavior around dinner time might be a sign that your horse is getting the pain of a stomach ache after eating.
If you have ever had to deal with an equine ulcer (and since 65% of horses have had them so chances are you have) then you might find this article helpful. Even if you are lucky enough to not have had to treat an ulcer yet, it’s always good to understand all aspects of horse health.
Why Alternatives Treatments?
My journey into alternative treatment for ulcers started with a nutritional consultation for a client in California. She was interested in finding a more natural way to treat her 10 year old Arabian gelding for his reoccurring ulcer issues.
She is a firm believer in a natural and organic lifestyle for herself and her horse. This represented a bit of a challenge, a fun and fascinating one, but still quite a task. My traditional protocol suggests utilizing Omeprazole or another pharmaceutical treatment so to treat and prevent re-occurrence without them required viewing the equine ulcer from a different perspective.