Using Dr DePaolo’s technique to check for gastric ulcer symptoms
Tether your horse in a quiet area, and ensure they’re relaxed. Once they’re standing square – identify the below areas and gently palpate these points.
- 1st point for palpation – Pericardium One.
- 2nd point for palpation – CV 17.
- 3rd point for palpation – Bladder 42.
This point is where the scapular makes contact with the back. The most severe cases will also have soreness where the withers joins into the back.
- Stop feeding inflammatory feeds – sweet feeds, sugary feeds, feeds high in Omega 6s (Sunflower seeds, vegetable oils etc)
- Start your horse on a daily digestive supplement. Dr Mark De Paolo suggests a omeprazole product, as it decreases stomach acid.
- Ensure your horse has constant access to forage. The best option for this is hay (not lush green grass – as it can be high in sugar)
- Offer a small feed right before exercise. This will help absorb excess stomach acid and stop it ‘sloshing’ around during work.