Protect your horse against ulcers.
Prevalent in racehorses, gastric ulcers may also occur in up to 60 percent of show and pleasure horses. Stress, athletic activity, and nutrition/feeding patterns can be risk factors. Diets high in roughage (which ups saliva production to neutralize stomach acid) are recommended, as is plenty of turnout (confinement increases risk). Strive also to minimize the stress of hauling and competition. Though some symptoms (below) may point to the possibility of ulcers, in general the clinical signs aren’t definitive. An endoscopic exam by your vet provides the only sure diagnosis, and should precede treatment.