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July 22, 2013


Equine ulcer treatment

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 / Sensitivity over the sides
  • Cribbing
  • Cinchiness or girthiness


Common signs of reoccurring ulcers are:

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

Dr. Mark recommends a 10 day treatment with an omeperazole product in conjunction with a natural digestive health supplement that is fed daily such as Excel.  This may be used long term without the possible build up of aluminum, found in daily antacids, which may create a metal toxicity.  It is mixed with brewer’s yeast and fenugreek to make it more palatable to the horse.

Excel also contains Aloe Vera Powder and Marshmallow Root Powder, promote overall digestive health and help to reduce the negative side effects of gastric upset. They work well with the prebiotic, Zorien® MOS, to allow increased absorption of needed nutrients from food.

Ginger has been historically used as a natural preservative and to relieve inflammation. It also assists with nutritional absorption, as well as encouraging the decrease of gas, bloating, and indigestion.

Psyllium Husk Powder has long been recognized as an excellent means of getting more dietary fiber and promoting colon health. Psyllium forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon, which keeps the bowels soft and regular. This mass also helps absorb toxins.

Slippery Elm Bark Powder resists breakdown from stomach acids and enzymes so it maintains a soothing action throughout the digestive system. In addition, it helps regulate bacteria in the intestine and enhances good gut flora. Marshmallow Root is a mucilaginous extract that promotes soothing.

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  1. sheire
    Jul 18 2013

    Thank you for posting this we are dealing with a 5 year old Arab mare who we are pretty sure is having ulcers. She is usually super sweet and willing but at shows and riding meetings she camps out when she stops seems painful in her back, she tosses her head and hollows her back when standing. Blowing leads and not wanting to go forward at the trot. We have had her back checked and she was having issues in her shoulder but not in her loin area she also has been worked on by a chiropractor. We did your palpation and she showed sensitivity to the point behind the elbow. We are going to begin treating her for Ulcers and see if it resolves the issue. Do you have any thoughts?

    • Hi Sherie,
      Dr. DePaolo recommends starting her on a 10 day treatment with an Omeprazole paste and also starting a daily digestive conditioner on day 5 of treatment. He has formulated Excel which can be found on his website If the symptoms don’t get better after 15-20 days of treatment there is probably another issue such as an ill fitting saddle or a chiropractic issue. Good luck! And please let us know how her progress goes…


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