We need a movement for preventative measures for the well-being of our animals.
Quick take away points from this video:
- Feeding 20-25% alfalfa in the diet may buffer acids that cause ulcers.
- Feeding oils may help with the healing of ulcers
- Heavy grain diets will increase the risk of ulcers due to increase of volatile fatty acids.
- Stalled horses at increased risk.
- Endurance horses at high risk.
- The use of electrolytes exacerbates existing ulcers/ unclear if they cause them.
Signs of ulcers:
- Irritability, cranky, withdrawn
- Finicky eater
- Rough hair coat
- Sub-optimal performance (fatigue, pulls, metabolic issues)
- Majority of the diet in good quality grass hay
- Buffering acids by adding alfalfa hay during heavy training and competition
- Using a product such as Ulcer Guard before and after hauling/ competition (costs about $8 per daily dose) This is on the banned substance list if you are competing AERC.
- Relying less on grain based feeds