A video on HOW TO DETECT ULCERS in your horse?! Wow! Very useful…


A few weeks ago, I told you all that Mama Tess had an ulcer and that I was able to help her quickly by using Omega Alpha Gastra-FX and Omega Alpha Biotic-8 – which were far less expensive than the paste cures offered.  (No affiliation)

Well, now I’ve stumbled upon a video by a vet showing 5 external, EASY, physical methods to determine if your horse has an ulcer.


I think this is incredible!  Why?  Because I think many horses have ulcers that go undiscovered.  And to incorporate this simple palpation method into your daily grooming would be very easy and very helpful to your horse!


Now that I know MT had an ulcer, the signs seemed so clear.

Hindsight is 20/20.

But, I have to say, I watch this horse like a hawk (literally), and unless you know what you are looking for, you don’t know what you are looking at – if you get my drift.

Tess is chronically foundered (chronic abscesses and complications until the horrible damage heals) therefore, she has many symptoms.  They can all overlap.

You see, I’ve always known that horses will grimace due to pain.  But when MT made that face a few weeks ago, I figured it was a bad abscess.  When she started eating the fence boards at the same time, I figured it was the same bad abscess.

I didn’t connect the dots until I woke bolt upright one morning with the word – ULCER – jumping off of my lips.   Could these same pain indicators also be associated with ulcers?

Of course.

Yup, you just don’t know until you know.  This is why I’m telling you.

Also, duh, MT was on antibiotics that contributed to her gut irritation.  THAT I should have figured out earlier, but I didn’t.  So, anyway, once I did connect the dots and called the vet, he confirmed her pain was indeed, ulcers.

*As an aside, I think anytime a horse is prescribed antibiotics, the vet should tell the owner to LOOK FOR signs of ulcer, since the result of ulcer is very common during and after a cycle of antibiotics – especially sulfur antibiotics.

TYPICAL SIGNS OF ULCER (other than the palpation video which is very informative – below)

–Off feed

–Off work

–Grimace face when laying down (and they lay down more often)

–Biting wood or fence boards, grinding teeth

–Soft manure, diarrhea, gas, mild colic

–Nausea face (If you think about it, you will see it.  They look ‘sick’ and nauseous because they ARE.)


Here is a link to the website where I found the video.

Here is the You Tube link to the how to find an ulcer video.

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2 comments have been posted...

  1. dawndi Post author

    Amy, this is great news and thanks for the addition to the Ulcer video!
    Did you write or call Omega Alpha and tell them about his manure? MT had very runny manure
    and it cleared up. I know there is a brand new product they just recommended to me for ulcers and severe gut issues
    but I haven’t used it yet – RegenerEQ. Here is the product speciialist’s email: jcarr@omegaalpha.ca
    Every product and combination has worked for me. I think it might be worth an email to find out if they think it might help you!
    Let me know if you try it!

  2. Amy M

    I found this video through a really excellent article on ulcers (copied below) and did it on my horse, and then on several other horses at the barn for comparison. I was floored at how strongly he reacted to almost every test. :( I’ve even been thinking that some of the other problems we thought he’s had with SI pain were maybe advanced ulcers.

    We’re at just under a week of Gastra-FX/Biotic 8 now. Twice this week I’ve come to the barn to see a nearly empty hay bag, which is huge progress, although he’s still not eating all his hay. Hoping that it gets more consistent as we go on. And I thought that maybe his poop looked a bit less “undigested” last night as I was cleaning his stall.

    This is the article I mentioned above. My trainer sent it to me, and of all the hours and hours of internet scouring I’ve done on ulcers, this is my favorite:

    My next step is to try the Abler omeprazole products she mentions, and maybe the dried cabbage – you can get it off Amazon prime for fairly reasonable price with free shipping.

    Would really love to hear what your readers have to say about ulcers and picky eaters. :)

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