I have a 10yr old OTTB mare who is displaying classic ulcer symptoms - the main ones being: general irritability, especially during grooming around the barrel region and tacking up, not finishing meals, a dull coat and dander, tail swishing and kicking out during rides, kicking when closing my leg or asking for an upward transition, NO touching of her udders, pinning ears and cow kicking when palpating “typical ulcer acupuncture locations”…list does go on slightly. I have bought Ulcergard, and have been administering at treatment dose - 1 tube daily - we are now on day 10.
I’ve noticed her appetite is increasing, and when I am tacking up she didn’t kick or try to bite at me yesterday, but she still kicks out sometimes at upward transitions and when I close my leg. She is on 5lbs daily of Pro Force Fiber, split between 2 meals. There is pretty much free choice hay (timothy/alf mix) and has good, clean water. Turnout is horrendous…I know my horse is stressed. But at my current boarding barn, that’s just how it is in spring. They go out if it hasn’t rained from like 9am-2pm. This I am not happy about. I haven’t had a vet eval yet, just because of the classic signs, I really can’t imagine what else this could be.
Long story short, how long has Ulcergard taken for you to be more effective than just increasing her appetite? Will her ulcers actually be “treated” if the stress of stall confinement is still taking place? Am I in a vicious cycle, and need to move my horse to a more pasture friendly facility? Also, do I just need to be more patient?! I’m becoming frustrated, and sad for my mare, who is clearly not at fault for this…