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May 8, 2012


How to detect equine ulcers

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

A horse can go from having no gastric irritation to having ulcers in as little as 5 days. Dr. DePaolo’s easy do-it-yourself method of palpating acupuncture points can be a great indication of the presence of painful and debilitating ulcers.  Gastro-intestinal erosions are the single most preventable syndrome that plagues domesticated horses today.

Ulcers are the most common cause of:

  • Intermittent colic
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
Common symptoms of reoccurring ulcers are:
  • Anxiousness
  • Anger
  • Defensiveness
  • Dead sided
  • Weaving
  • Stall walking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Bucking
  • Kicking out

By learning to find and palpate certain acupuncture points closely associated with digestion, you will be able to discover when your horse is suffering from this health and performance robbing syndrome.  In this video, Dr. Mark DePaolo will show you how to detect for these painful and debilitating ulcers.

For a more in-depth look at ulcers, we encourage you to read the nutrition and ulcer articles in the Health Library on our website.

To purchase a high quality daily digestive supplement, please see Excel in our online store.  Excel helps to soothe the entire digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and the colon), which aides in lessening the discomforts of digestive issues.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Memo
    May 9 2012

    Great Info! Sooooooooo much helpful! How can we know how much presure do we have to apply???


    • Start with relatively light pressure and then increase. I would say the hardest you should push is if you were asking your horse to move over a step and you applied pressure with your fingers or hand to their rib cage. You will know quite quickly if they are sore to your touch as these points are very sensitive when a horse is suffering from ulcers.

  2. May 14 2012

    Is there some research done that proves your detection for ulcers is correct?

    • Many veterinarians who practice holistic and complimentary medicine use this technique. I have used it for several years with great success. My field research has proven this to be an effective method to help horses.

  3. Sep 19 2012

    When it comes to treatment and prevention of equine ulcers use AbGard. It is affordable and very convenient to use.

  4. Reblogged this on DEC blog.

  5. Stassia
    Sep 22 2013

    Thank you for very useful information conserning ulcer diagnostic. Could you, please, help me to find a picture or an atlas of points on horse’s body, which you use as a base method for examination?

    • Hi Stassia,

      We are creating a diagram now and will have it posted by the end of the week.



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