Horse owners have been known to search for that magic feed giving their horse the ability to run faster, stay healthier and perform better. The purchase may include supplements to add to the horse’s diet and giving various results including horse ulcers. Some supplements can cause harm to the horse rather than improve its state. Often they just burn a hole in your pocket. Improving the performance of your horse is best achieved through training, conditioning and horse management versus supplements mixed into the feed.
Diet influences horses health
The tried and tested method to a healthy horse is a good diet. Horses develop several problems including digestive and metabolic, which can develop when your horse has an imbalance of nutrition. The imbalance in nutrition leads to a high risk your horse will develop Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS).
Over time studies have helped the horseman and professional to get a clear understanding of the condition known as EGUS, particularly how diet influence a horse. Studies reveal that microbes residing in the horses stomach give off volatile fatty acids (VFA). VFA are acidic (low in pH) and lipid soluble. What does this mean?
When the stomach has a much lower pH, the VFAs penetrate the stomach and causing damage. Ultimately, horse ulcers are formed.
This makes the relationship between feeding high grain feeds and formation of equine digestive ulcers.
When you feed your horse with excess soluble carbohydrates, it can lead to ulcer formation and hindgut problems, and an increase in harmful bacteria.
The right type of feed can save your horses from developing horse ulcers. Recommended ratio of hay to feed is 1 to 2 %. Equal to 10-20lbs (4.5-9kg) of fiber each day bodyweight of 1000lb (450kg). Feeding your horse small amounts of feed more often is highly recommended than a morning or evening meal. The longer the horse if left without feed the higher the risk that the fasting will cause horse ulcers.
Approved treatment for Horse Ulcers
The approved treatment for horse ulcers is omeprazole. AbGard by Abler is available in an easy-to-use syringe oral paste of omeprazole.
As recommended by Sally and Stargazer
ABGARD HAS REALLY WORKED FOR MY HORSE. IT IS SO EASY TO ADMINISTER USING THE SYRINGE. REVIEW BY SALLY
Thanks Abler from me and my horse Stargazer. (Posted on 8/28/13)