You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet on the Smitty front. No worries, all is well. Well, mostly.
I was kept pretty up to date while Smitty was in bootcamp, and sadly while in general things were good (he’s super brave with new fences, very smart, great mover, etc etc), there was something niggling at the trainer that had also been niggling at me.
Smitty started becoming less and less enthusiastic to move forward, even on a lunge line. He was grinding his teeth more and more during rides. He wasn’t gaining weight despite increasing his grain.
Thanks to my experience(s) with Foster, I’d been wondering for a little while if Smitty was experiencing ulcers, but when you don’t have an established baseline or history of behavior as with a new horse, it was hard to really know. But after getting these reports from his trainer, we both agreed that it was a very likely potential diagnosis.
This morning Smitty was scoped, and low and behold, we found some ulceration, paired with no-the-happiest of stomach conditions. Just like Foster, Smitty’s ulcer, though mild, is in the lower part of his stomach, which of course is the hardest part to reach with medication.
So today we start a round of Omeprazole and reassess after 1 month. Hopefully after a couple weeks I’ll start to see a change in my guy’s behavior, and get back to smooth sailing and happier work.