I have a boarder who I know can't afford scoping. I suspect ulcers but I have never dealt with them either, what are the most obvious signs and causes for ulcers?
Horse is a teenage TWH, she lost a lot of weight over the winter. Very ribby right now. Had hay in front of her the entire time (fescue) Did notice she didn't seem to eat the hay much. 24-7 turnout with 2 other horses, she just stood around.
She is grumpy. Bosses the other horses and still doesnt eat that much. Picks at her grain. Isn't ridden much, basically a pasture ornament. Regularly dewormed. Had her teeth floated in Feb, after weight loss. Still not gaining much. Switched her feed from horsemans edge 6/10 to southern states 10/10/10 and added calf manna and farnum weight builder, currently soaking her feed also.
Grumpiness, ears back at feed time, weight loss, poor coat, girthiness, colic symptoms....
She could try a few tubes of Gastroguard and see if there is any improvement, and it would tell you and save the cost of scoping. GG is so expensive, but there is no point going down the road of all the other treatments only to have to come back to GG in the end because the others have not worked. Even the compounded stuff does not have the coating.
If I were you or the owner I'd take a look at the current thread on the offshore made GG copy - Deltawave has looked into it and another poster tested the coating on it and approved it......personally, dunno.