Video: How To Detect Ulcers In Your Horse

Dr. Mark DePaolo demonstrates how you can detect Equine Ulcers using acupressure points. 

He shows a horse with no sensitivity, medium sensitivity and high sensitivity. This is a very interesting video.  I know so many horses that have had or currently have ulcers – it will be interesting to see how they test.  What do you think of this video?  If you found it informative, Share it with your friends on Facebook!

10 Responses

  1. Mary

    Very interesting and informative. One point I disagree with is lowering stomach acid. Strong stomach acid is needed for healthy digestion. However, I do agree that horses with ulcers are just like people and need to become “gluten” free from grains. Most of the horse feed products on the market today have wheat, barley, rye and/or oats in them. Wheat, barley and rye have gluten in them which most humans and animals cannot break down to digest in the small intestine. Oats do not have gluten, but different protein that can affect people and animals the same as gluten.

    My suggestion is for the moderate and extremely sensitive horse, NO GRAINS AT ALL.

    For the non sensitive horse, no grains except rolled oats.

    On top of that, all horses need a super good vitamin/mineral supplement. Plants cannot make minerals. If the minerals are not in the soil, the horse is not getting it in his diet.

    Minerals are ESSENTIAL nutrients. Humans and animals all need no less than 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 2-3 Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9). Fortunately, grasses have the Omegas.

    • Karmen

      A horse has a non gladular area in the top section of the stomach, and a glandular area at the bottom of the stomach where digestive enzymes are secreted. The top area of the horse’s stomach has a pH of around 7, where the glandular area has a pH of 1.2-2. Temporarily lowering the stomach acid will give the ulcers a chance to heal (treatment of about 10 days as mentioned in the video). Avoiding long fasting periods, an increasing grazing behaviour will also encourage saliva production that acts as a buffer to the non glandular part of the stomach, protecting it from developing ulcers.

      Agree that grains should not be fed, whether the horse has ulcers or not.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s a question I have a pony with a fractured pelvis and he’s on long term bute and confinement and as I know long term bute can cause ulcers and I’ve been feeding him rice (just from the supermarket) I boil it in the morning and let it swell all day, does anybody know if that’s helpful in ulcer prevention or not? He’s doing well and looks good except for the muscle wasting.

      • sharon forbes

        instead of using bute look up Turmeric paste, much better and better, try Turmeric users group on facebook, TUG, it is run by a vet,

  2. Karlene Stange, DVM

    PC1 indicates heel pain, not stomach pain. Are you doing endoscopy to substantiate your claim that these horses have ulcers? CV 17 is a respiratory point not a stomach pain point. CV 12 is the Alarm point for the Stomach. ST 25 will tell you about Large Intestines pain, it is the alarm point for the Large Intestines. It also could indicate some stomach pain. Your video was forwarded to me and I was excited until I watched it. This is not the correct information.

  3. Sue

    I would have liked to have seen a rebuttal to Dr. strange’s comment from February. Not being a vet myself, it would be helpful to know which point of view is the factual one.


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