Is Your Horse Misbehaving? Consider the Possibility of Stomach Ulcers

Your horse’s “bad behavior” could be subtle signs of equine stomach ulcers, and it may warrant a call to your veterinarian.
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Subtle signs may indicate more serious issues.

Have you ever spent time with your horse and thought, “Something just isn’t right. Why is my horse so irritated? What’s got the horse in such a bad mood?” It could be little things like pinning their ears while being groomed or kicking out when the girth is tightened or refusing a jump they normally take without issue. When these types of behaviors start to establish a pattern, they may be a sign that there is a bigger issue.

Your horse’s “bad behavior” could be subtle signs of equine stomach ulcers, and it may warrant a call to your veterinarian.

Inappetance, signs of colic and poor body condition are often associated with gastric ulcers, however, changes in behavior may also be suggestive signs.¹²

“The presence of equine stomach ulcers isn’t always obvious,” says Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MS, DACVS, Senior Equine Professional Service Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim. “Sometimes abnormal behavior doesn’t signify a larger attitude issue or a need for additional training – it may just be the horse’s way of showing they don’t feel well

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