DID YOU KNOW?
Gastric ulcer disease is a common problem in equines and it affects over 60% of adult horses (depending on age, performance, and evaluated populations.) While Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is more prevalent in high performance horses, it’s important to remember that any horse can be affected, as all equines suffer from stress (like traveling, stall confinement, changes in diet, etc.) which may result over time in gastric ulcers.
The signs of ulcers a horse might show are highly variable between individuals, but they usually include variations of “bad behavior” like general grumpiness, reluctance to perform, cribbing and teeth-grinding, tail-swishing and other behaviors suggesting restlessness and physical discomfort. Rough hair coat, weight loss and poor body condition are also common.
If your horse is exhibiting any of these signs, it may be time to consult your veterinarian rather than just chalk them off as behavioral or training issues. Proper diagnosis is crucial to get appropriate treatment started promptly, and your horse doctor will also be able to make recommendations for environmental and management changes that can you help prevent a relapse of ulcers in the future.
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*Credit to AAEP for the Infographic and Text*