Horse Ulcer Treatment and Prevention
Ulcers are the single-most preventable, performance inhibiting disease that horses are forced to deal with today. Treatment and prevention are easy even for the inexperienced horse owner.
What can I do to treat and prevent horse ulcers?
The first suggestion is a change in diet. Horses whose diets lack enough hay typically have ulcers. Grains containing carbohydrates and sugar cause high levels of acid production during digestion, which also promotes ulcer formation. It is very important for horses to be able to graze throughout the day on low quality hay or pasture grass rather than only eating two times per day. Avoiding periods of fasting does not allow the acid build up, which causes the ulceration.
A Fast Acting Acid Neutralizing Treatment
An acid neutralizing paste is a terrific way to soothe the stomach and intestines especially for horses in strenuous situations such as travel and competition. Its alkaline properties act as an antacid and anti-diarrheal.
Equine Ulcer Prevention
Treated ulcers must be prevented in order to avoid frequent re-occurrences. Some digestive conditioning products on the market are not strong enough to combat ulcers in horses with high stress levels. Make sure you choose an ulcer prevention supplement such as EXCEL™ that contains products to soothe the entire digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and the colon. Also make sure that it is safe for long-term use without possible build up of toxic levels of minerals in the system.
Specific Ingredients to Look For In a Horse Ulcer Supplement
Aloe vera powder coats the lining of the digestive tract and reduces pain and inflammation of ulcers and colitis. It can increase the absorption of needed nutrients from food and help with regularity. Ingredients such as Psyllium Husk, Ginger Root, Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm Bark resist breakdown from stomach acids and create a soothing action throughout the entire digestive tract. Zorien® MOS is a pre-biotic. It enhances immune function and decreases inflammation in the bowel. Brewers’s yeast is also a pre-biotic and is great to re-inoculate the gut with normal bacteria.