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May 10, 2012


What to do if your horse has ulcers

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

If you watched Dr. DePaolo’s video on palpating for horses and you suspect your horse in fact does have ulcers there are a few treatment options…

  1. STOP feeding your horse an inflammatory diet.  This means NO sweet feeds or any feed containing molasses as an ingredient.
  2. STOP feeding all grains — this includes corn, barley, rye, oats and wheat.
  3. Start your horse on a daily digestive health supplement such as EXCEL.
  4. In severe cases, Dr. DePaolo recommends that you treat with an Omeprazole product in addition to the digestive health supplement

Omeprazole is a drug that causes a decrease in acid production.  It takes 5 days to reach the full effect and Dr. Mark recommends treating with it for 10 days.

If you have not seen our How To Detect Equine Ulcers video, we encourage you to visit our YouTube channel and watch it.  We also recommend you read the Nutrition Section in our Health Library to learn more about how you can help your horse feel its best!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kathleen Carlson
    Aug 24 2014

    How many mL of Omeprazole paste do I give and for how many days? this is for my barrel racing horse. He stand spread out and is a little touchy at the cinch and wethers and his hair dull and not shiny like usual…

    • Dr. Mark recommends paste for 10-15 days and then on day 5 start a daily digestive supplement. His paste is 3.2g of omeperazole per tube (1/2 tube twice daily).


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