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Feeling like a failure – Saturday’s dressage test

I’ve delayed writing this post because I wasn’t sure what to say. On Saturday we went to the local venue to do dressage and WE DID RUBBISH.

It wasn’t dramatic, there were no tantrums, but as soon as we entered the arena Abbey hollowed. From then on she point blank refused to let go and work in an outline.

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Feeding Abbey’s ulcers – chaffs

Abbey and I are now well into her second treatment for ulcers and she’s doing really well. Her symptoms all disappeared within a week of starting the omeprazole and sucralfate, she’s back in work and we’re starting to go out and about.

However, she’s still on the vet’s recommended diet of (hay and grass) alfa-a and linseed oil.  This is very calorific in comparison with her diet prior to the ulcers (hay, grass, handful of Thunderbrooks Herbal Chaff and a general mineral supplement). Predictably, she’s gaining weight and fast.

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Horse Ulcers – A short guide

Heads up – I’m not a vet nor a nutritional expert. I am, however, a horse owner with a problem and like most crazy-horse-owners-with-a-problem I’ve extensively Googled it and joined all the Facebook groups! Here’s a summary of my findings (maybe it’ll save you a bit of time!):

Ulcers and Causes

Ulcers can occur in two parts of a horse – the stomach and/or the hind gut. A horse with stomach ulcers are said to have equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD) and/or equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD), depending on where in the stomach the ulcers are present. EGSD describes ulcers in the upper part of the stomach and EGGD the lower.  It’s quite common for horses to have both the stomach and the hindgut.

Stomach ulcers and hind gut ulcers are caused by stomach acid burning the sensitive linings, causing lesions known as ulcers.

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