Hi there, so I have an 7yo ottb gelding that I’ve been struggling to get right stomach wise. I’ve owned him since he was three and am aiming to show him in the first year green devisions this year, after a successful season in the baby greens last year, if I can get this ulcer thing under control. He has been scoped and treated for ulcers with Gastroguard multiple times, but they just keep coming back.
He has been identified as having a sensitivity to corn and has been kept on a completely corm free diet since he was four. He gets two pounds of Poulin FiberMax, a beetpulp based and certified corn free gain at each feeding. Along with four pounds of Triple Crown Alfa-Lox Forage, and a pound of regular soaked beetpulp. I keep him on a acid buffer and probiotic all year round along with his joint supplement and electrolytes. He is wormed regularly and we are very careful about using NSADS with him in the event that he needs them. I also used Gasrtromax, and omeprazole paste much like UlcerGuard when shipping, showing or when he is on medication.
When we’re not out and about he lives a pretty mellow life. He is turned out on a green, three acre pasture with four other geldings for more then ten hours a day. He is quiet in his stall; no weave, kick or cribbing. He has a slow feed hay net and always has access to fresh water.
He is kept in regular work, has no soundness issues and seems to generally enjoy his job. Still, for no rime or reason he has random ulcer flair ups, mild colic and weight fluctuates.
I’ve been working closely with my vet for years on this issue, but was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for alternative treatments or possible investigation ideas.
Thanks for reading!