Help! Does my horse have Ulcers..

Joined
4 June 2022
Messages
10
So my horse’s behaviour when cantering/jumping has changed all of a sudden. He will do one/two jumps fine then gets himself in a state and rears:( he doesn’t seem completely right so I’m wondering if it’s ulcers. Stupidly I took him to a hunter trial, travelled him for 50 minutes and then competed without feeding him first and it’s since then his behaviour especially when jumping has changed.. his spooking has also become more severe and he grinds his teeth on his stable occasionally. He is an 8yo Connie so could just be testing boundaries I guess but not sure whether it’s worth scoping him to rule out ulcers…
 

HeyMich

Well-Known Member
Joined
29 October 2015
Messages
1,871
Location
Sunny Stirlingshire
Your horse isn't testing boundaries, he is clearly in pain of some sort. Whether it's ulcers, joint pain, muscular or something else is a question for your vet. Let us know how you get on.
 
Joined
4 June 2022
Messages
10
Thank you :) I know he definitely needs the vet I just wanted some other opinions before I went down the route of scoping/x rays etc! He’s now booked in for scoping next week🤞🏽
 

poiuytrewq

Well-Known Member
Joined
3 April 2008
Messages
13,539
Location
Cotswolds
Thank you :) I know he definitely needs the vet I just wanted some other opinions before I went down the route of scoping/x rays etc! He’s now booked in for scoping next week🤞🏽
Have you discussed the issue with your vet or just booked them to scope?
 

poiuytrewq

Well-Known Member
Joined
3 April 2008
Messages
13,539
Location
Cotswolds
I discussed them and they think it’s either ulcers, a back issue or if nothing is found there possibly just him testing his luck :) so they advised a scope and possibly x rays then if nothing came of that
Oh good! Good luck, hope you get some answers
 

sbloom

Well-Known Member
Joined
14 September 2011
Messages
7,468
Location
Suffolk
Some people are very wary of scoping, it's quite invasive and effectively makes the ulcers worse because of the starvation. Those that feel this way would feel a 100% ulcer friendly, supportive diet, and see what change they get. Some people (not the same some people necessarily :D) would also say that the wavy line you can get at the lower rear part of the ribcage (the edge of the fly-flicking muscle layers) can be super pronounced in horses with ulcers, and Kerry Ridgway had a pressure point test for ulcers.
 
Top