Prevention better than cure
Observing practices that prevent stomach acid and ulcers in horses is a far better option than treatment or cure of the same.
Prevention practices help in stopping the development of the ulcers in horses thus saving the animals from unnecessary pain and hassle of treatment. Prevention promotes good health in the horses making them active and function as they should. Some of the preventive measures for reducing stomach acid that cause ulcers in horses are.
Frequent feeding sessions
Among the top natural measures to prevent, stomach acid and ulcers in horses is through frequent feeding sessions. Frequent feeding stimulates the production of the saliva in the mouth that neutralizes the acid in the stomach upon swallowing. The presence of saliva helps in making the acid inactive hence not having the potency of corroding the lining of the stomach that leads to ulcers. However, the feeding sessions should be done in small portions of feed to avoid causing obesity in the horses.
Regulate training sessions
Intense training and exercise sessions cause stress in the horses. Constant stress stimulates the production of acid in the stomach of the horse hence destruction of the lining. In order to prevent excessive stress that results in increased production of acid; it is important to regulate the training of the horse as well as exercise. Regulation does not mean that the horse should not exercise or train, but the sessions should not be intense.
Provide proper Diet
Diet is one of the most effective ways to prevent stomach acid and ulcers in horses. As a preventive measure, the diet of the horse should contain low amounts of grain as well as concentrates. The diet can still have grains and concentrates but with high levels of roughage such as the alfalfa hay. Roughage helps the horse to chew the food for an extended period hence stimulating production of high volumes of saliva that neutralizes the acid in the stomach.
Your veterinarian can always recommend the best diet to reduce increased stomach acid and prevent gastric ulcers.