First post on here so bear with me please.
I have a 5 year old ottb mare and I’m worried she may have ulcers. There are a few reasons I suspect this and they are as follows:
I moved her to my farm at the beginning of August. Stress of trailering, figuring out pecking order, new environment, feed schedule, etc.
She cribs when given the chance. I was told she cribbed at the track and when she first moved to previous farm, but stopped after a while. It started back up when she moved here.
We had an incident where she pulled back in the crossties, fell over and broke the post, and ran off with it still attached to her halter. She was fine save for a few scratches, but it was very stressful.
Lately she’s been grumpy about me grooming one side (kicking towards belly, pinned ears) and a bit girthy. She also kicks out sometimes when I use leg to send her forward. I was told she did this before she came to me, but she started doing it with me only over the past few days.
I have heard cribbing can be a sign of ulcers, but haven’t been able to find any research to back that up. She is pastured 24/7 and is on a high fat/fiber diet (TC senior supplemented with RB). Currently I can’t afford a 1k round of ulcergard or gastrogard (just bought a new saddle) so if you do think it is ulcers, are there any cost-effective ways of treating them?
Thanks in advance for any help!!