Gastric, or stomach, ulcers are sores that form on the stomach lining. They are common in horses, with the prevalence estimated between 50 and 90%. They can affect any horse at any age but occur most frequently in horses that perform athletic activities. Ulzeraide Plus is a nutritional supplement that can help prevent gastric ulcers and aid in recovery when combined with Veterinary Medication.
Acupuncture points for Horses with Ulcers and Gut Pain (pictured below)
From an equine therapists point of view, often after treatment these points are still sore or the pain comes back. This can be due to gastric ulcers. Often the horse is sore on the right hind, may step short or have an odd gait.
Curves to the left and pushes out through the right rib cage. The hind gut is on the right side. When there is pain due to gut pain and ulcers, the horse shows these symptoms and is very hard to straighten up with massage therapy. In the past I scratched my head and wondered what was wrong.
Typical Symptoms Of Gastric Ulcers:
- Poor athletic performance.
- Wind sucking.
- Poor appetite.
- Sensitive around girth region and averse to grooming.
- Soreness over last rib and flank region, especially the right side.
- Dropping through withers when pressure is applied on top of vertebrae, even though saddle fits.
- Reluctant eating hay.
- Reluctant to hold vertebrae adjustments and is muscle sore for no apparent reason.
- Pain in the wither region is often a saddle fitting issue, but when the professional saddle fitter comes out numerous times and can’t find a problem with the saddle
- Horse is sore on the right hind, may step short or have an odd gait.
Acupuncture points for Horses with Ulcers and Gut Pain (pictured below). This information comes from Kerry Ridgway DVM in USA. When light pressure is applied to the acupuncture points marked in red, the horse will twitch, bite, kick, pull faces or drop the back. This can indicate gastric ulcers, grass related problems, incorrect feeding or a bad fitting saddle.