At the same time, yawning also helps to reduce stress.
And if there’s anything that an ulcer patient has plenty of, it’s stress – as a cause of the stomach ulcer and/or resulting from the pain.
Some horses also continue yawning from time to time even after their gastric ulcers undergo successful treatment.
Naturally stress in this context is a cause, not a symptom, but with stomach ulcers it can hang over our horses’ heads like a Sword of Damocles.
We therefore recommend that you read the corresponding article about equine stress and how to keep this to a minimum.
After all, observation of your animal is an important aspect in recognising stomach ulcers – and false alarms should be avoided, as veterinary examinations are rarely remembered as cherished holiday experiences.
And that puts stress on us.