Through my equine bodywork I come across a lot of horses who have stomach ulcers (either diagnosed through a vet or as a thought of their owners, because of sudden behaviour changes in their horse).
I am quite surprised and also shocked how many horses suffer from stomach ulcers.
How do stomach Ulcers develop?
In thoroughbred racehorses, rates of 37% of spelling horses and 80-100% of horses in training have been reported. Rates of 54% in pleasure horses and 64% of sport horses have also been found in some surveys. The lowest prevalence was 11% in horses being ridden at home and not competing. Ponies who are on feed restriction for weight loss are at a high risk if they are not able to chew continuously." Read the whole article here :
I want to summarise the most important facts and signs of stomach ulcers here for you, so you can consider this as a possible reason for a sudden behaviour change:
When addressing ulcer issues, the more natural environment the horse lives in, the less stress he’ll experience as a whole. To avoid chronic ulcers, you do need to address the horse’s environment and make sure your horse is pain free (pain causes a lot of stress in the body...).
Consider the WHOLE picture, not just nutrition. Unfortunately, stressors of all types appear to contribute to ulcers, and ulcer discomfort itself is stressful, a vicious circle....
While some horses are simply predisposed to ulcers, if you manage diet and stress, you can help minimize your horse’s possibility of getting them. And that effort is totally worth it, right?
For more happy and healthy horses!!!
The full article:
Britta Bruns, Invercargill