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Tip of the Day: Reaction spot to check for possible ulcers

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 11.29.27I was shown this recently by an experienced saddle fitter and think it is definitely worth a go.
If you suspect that your horse may have ulcers, a gentle prod (as shown) will apparently get a tell-tale reaction if the horse does have ulcers: the horse will fidget, snap ears back, swish tail, or even try to kick (so do this tactfully, and make sure you are standing in the right place!)

Of course this is absolutely no substitute for veterinary advice, and if necessary scoping, but it might be a useful start. There are lots of things you can do to help a horse with suspected ulcers, from cutting out cereals to feeding a small roughage meal about 1/2 hour before work (to damp down the stomach acid and prevent it from sloshing up onto the unprotected upper part of the stomach, where ulcers occur), to a course of Gastrogaard.

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