EQUUS - - In Brief -

Some veterinarians rec­om­mend adding a cup of ap­ple cider vine­gar to a horse’s grain twice a day to in­crease the acid­ity in his gut. “We haven’t proven that the vine­gar helps pre­vent stones, but it does have an im­pact on the pH,” says Diana M. Has­sel, DVM, PhD, of Colorado State Uni­ver­sity.

How­ever, oth­ers ques­tion whether the prac­tice is ben­e­fi­cial and warn that it may con­trib­ute to other prob­lems. “Feed­ing ap­ple cider vine­gar is some­what con­tro­ver­sial, and we don’t rec­om­mend it,” says Tyler El­liott, DVM, of San Luis Ray Equine Hospi­tal in Bon­sall, Cal­i­for­nia. “There is no guar­an­tee it will acid­ify the gut to the de­gree that stones won’t form, and it might not be a good idea if the horse is prone to ul­cers.”

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