Hi everyone,

I have finally started some intensive basic dressage training with my 6 yo wb gelding. Prior to this work, Lorenzo has had a rather cruisey life as a station horse out in the country but was recently bought back in to the city/stable life with me. It's been about 3 weeks since we started working together maybe 5 or 6 times a week of half hour sessions. We are working on straightness and frame - it's been hard work for both of us!!

A few days ago Lorenzo started exhibiting signs of mild colic. He is on and off his food, a bit lack luster, no stomach sounds and has colically eyes. He was laying down a lot initially but has not done this for over 24 hours.

The vet thinks he may be suffering from stomach ulcers. I've read a bit about it, and can see it can be caused by stabling and high stress/pressure such as dressage training.

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with a horse like this? What did you do? How did you treat/manage it? Will I have to retire him to a less stressful discipline?

I've read that a suspected 40% of dressage trained horses can suffer from this ailment so I'm hoping I'm not alone!

Lorenzo is turned out during the day and stabled with hay at night. He does get a fair amount of grain in his feed because of his size which I've read can contribute to the ulcers.

Any info on your experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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Have you tried Gastra FX by Omega Alpha? Patti is here on the site and can probably help you. I was just having a conversation with her the other week and she says that it should be given just when you are tacking up. The bit goes in the mouth and the horse starts to salivate. The stomach gets prepared to accept food, but none arrives. This somehow affects the stomach acids, but I'm no expert. Patti knows all about this and can tell you much more.
Also, I REALLY recommend that you give your horse probiotics.It has to say the word "LIVE" on the container. Probiotics have saved my life.


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