Foal ulcers :( Need your advice
The last three evenings in a row, my precious little filly has had a mild colic where she eats a couple minutes (triple crown growth) and then starts to act in some pain by lying down a few times and pawing a little bit. She does this for a few minutes and then is pretty stoic. About a half hour or so after eating the little grain she does, she will slowly start to munch hay. There is nothing I can think of that has changed in her diet or routine. She is in good weight, on a regular and vet-approved worming program, and gets a lot of turnout. I keep her in at night as winters are pretty tough here. She has been very healthy until a few days ago.
She is 7 months and has not yet been weaned (I never wean early). I was thinking about starting to wean her but don't want to do that if she's already having an issue with ulcers. What are your thoughts about ulcers on a foal such as this. I did have the vet out this evening even though she didn't feel too badly. She just isn't right and I wanted to be sure I do the right thing. My vet wants me to withhold grain over this weekend and feed hay only and see if we avoid the episodes. Would you all be inclined to think that if she is comfortable through the weekend without grain that she may have ulcers? Meaning that the grain may be causing her pain to an already irritated stomach? If so, how would you proceed from here? Naturally, I plan to follow the advice of my vet but I know this is a panel of very educated and time-tested breeders and I'm wondering if any of you have experienced this before with your foals. Any other ideas if not ulcers?