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January 17, 2013

How common are ulcers in horses?

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Veterinarians who study ulcers say that nearly 90% of our horses have and suffer from gastrointestinal ulceration.  Some symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress are:

  • Ulcers
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Body soreness (especially over the low back/lumbar area)
  • Cribbing
  • Sensitivity over the sides (especially over the last rib)

The most common symptom is cinchy or girthy horses.

Other reoccurring symptoms are:

  • Anxiousness
  • Anger
  • Defensiveness
  • Dead sided
  • Weaving
  • Stall walking
  • Teeth grinding

Our website’s Health Library contains informative articles on a proper feed program in the Nutrition category as this is the most important contributor to gastric upset. If your horses has been diagnosed or is suspected of having ulcers, you are encouraged to read the articles in the Digestive category.  If you suspect your horse has ulcers, please watch our YouTube video on diagnosing ulcers.

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