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Articles by Anna Blake

Here is a series of articles on EGUS, Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. It is my goal to make this very common and under-treated syndrome understandable to horse owners and encourage trainers and riders to help their horses.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)
Part One: Symptoms
Are you listening to your Horse?

Is your horse nervous or sometimes too sensitive- does he spook or bolt? Is he
distracted, stiff or tense in the back? Is he reluctant to trot or move forward? Is he a
picky eater or aggressive around food? Has he just experienced a big life change -like
moving to a new barn? Have his herd dynamics changed? Does he take a lot of trailer
trips? Has he recently gone into training or as training progresses, does his attitude get
worse? Have you given your horse NSAIDS like bute or banamine?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, your horse might have ulcers. He
might have ulcers even if you didn’t answer yes- ulcer symptoms are numerous and all
horses react differently. There are Silent ulcers; half of the horses with diagnosed ulcers
show no symptoms externally. Awareness is the key. To Read more...

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)
Part Two: Horse Management
Horses living like horses.

Ulcer statistics are dramatic: 90% of race horses and 60% of performance horses! It is
easy to think that ulcers are the result of extreme situations. Maybe you are a trail rider
or you don’t show your horse -does that mean you don’t have to worry about ulcers? To Read more...

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)
Part Three: Treatment and Training.
How can I help my horse?

The more I learn and understand about equine digestion, structure and temperament,
the more I believe this fundamental point; horses were never designed for domestic
ownership. The second, and equally fundamental; they do want partnership with us. I
don’t see horses who want to be returned to the wild. The horses I know –even rescue
animals, choose to be here and want to work with us. I choose to balance these contrary
fundamentals is by making their well-being my first commitment -period. To read more...



Elena, former student as seen on two generations of Infinity Farm horses.

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