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Post ulcer treatment-what to expect?

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  • Post ulcer treatment-what to expect?

    My horse was diagnosed with ulcers last week, and started ulcergard treatment. Response has been terrific - I can definitely see the difference. The restrictions were "two weeks of no forced exercise". I'll be checking in with my vet this week, but just want to know what experiences others have had wrt returning to work. Should I expect to just walk for a week under saddle, or ---? We were only in light work (very green horse), so we were doing walk and trot, and starting a few circles at the canter, two times a week or so.

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    Your amount of work is just fine once the vet clears the horse for it. My horse went through ulcer treatment (Gastrogard) this time last year and I pretty much gave her the entire treatment time (one month) off. After that she was put on Purina Outlast at feeding times to help combat the acid. A year later, cross your fingers, she's doing very very well. She's got a sensitive system anyway so when I notice the signs of discomfort start she immediately goes on Nexium for a couple of weeks.

    The key is to do the best you can to identify why the horse got ulcers in the first place. In your case - green horse - new training - unsure - acid - ulcers. The Outlast or something similar is something that must be considered once a horse has had ulcers


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      My vet doesn't explicitly restrict work, but we did discuss hacking only for the first week and she was very much in favor. Sloshing of stomach acid in higher gaits upsets some of them, but 2 weeks in that isn't your issue anymore.

      I suspect after two weeks you're fine to do anything - but if you want to avoid anything at this point, it would be stress. If the horse is a super hot type who finds walking around the arena highly stressful, maybe do something else. His mental comfort zone is more important than what gait you are in, or even how hard he is working.


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        Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post

        I suspect after two weeks you're fine to do anything - but if you want to avoid anything at this point, it would be stress. If the horse is a super hot type who finds walking around the arena highly stressful, maybe do something else. His mental comfort zone is more important than what gait you are in, or even how hard he is working.
        This is great advice. For my horse, after the month off, we actually started him off hacking outside the ring. He felt like an entirely new horse after a week of that. It's really whatever is going to give them the most relaxing headspace possible, even in his case, that was a nice gallop on a long rein.


        • Original Poster

          Thank you for the information! I'll be working with my vet on the next steps, but just wanted some ideas of what others have been through.
          I've read about Purina Outlast on the other thread and am prepared for that. It would be one of the more convenient solutions for me at the place where I board.
          I think a whole combination of things just put my horse over the edge: new owner, new location, large facility with lots of activity, more work, trailering accident as part of the transition, ... it's been rocky for both of us, and I feel guilty that I was not proactive about the risks of ulcers through this.
          Hoping to take a big reset here, and come through this lots smarter and more attentive as an owner. Thanks again for the inputs.