Thursday, September 18, 2014

Preventing Stomach Ulcers in Horses - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 13, 2014

Gastric ulceration in horses manifests as a failure to finish grain meals, weight loss, altered disposition, and underperformance.

Exercising horses are known to have a reduced pH (acidity) in the “sensitive” part of their stomachs, possibly due to stomach contents being pushed there during exercise. Stress is also thought to be a part of the development of ulcers in athletic horses. Because even pastured horses can develop gastric ulcers, the exact causes of ulceration remain unclear, and studies devoted to determining the causes of ulceration have yielded unclear and inconsistent findings.

How, then, can we better feed horses to minimize this important problem?...

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