Gastric Ulcers occur in two parts of the horse’s stomach – upper region (non-glandular) or lower region (glandular).
They are caused by poor nutrition management, stress/anxiety or pain relief medications.
1. Allow access to free choice roughage in the form of grassy hay with unlimited access
Increased saliva production compared to chaff helps buffer the lining of your horse’s stomach from acid, aiding in ulcer prevention.
2. Minimise Stress
The risk of ulcers in the lower region of the stomach can be reduced by lowering stress levels in the environment. Additionally many horses thrive on schedules and sticking to these even away from home can give them a sense of normalcy. Also feeding a diet profile with low sugar and low starch helps the microbiome stay healthy which aids in the gut brain axis affecting temperament.
3. Avoid Exercising on Empty Stomach
Providing grassy hay right up until competition time ensures the gastric environment is sufficiently buffered..
4. Limit the Use of Drugs like 'Bute' (phenylbutazone)
Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) have shown to increase ulcer risks particularly in the lower region (glandular) of the stomach.
5. Feed the CEN Feed Program
CEN Feed Program helps reduce the incidence of ulcers, promoting a nutrition profile that is ulcer friendly, high fibre, low sugar, low starch diet. This not only feeds the horse according to their physiology but has a positive effect on temperament and behaviour.
Ashlie Waters x CEN Feed Program
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