Health

Pro­tect your horse against ul­cers.

Horse & Rider - - Contents -

Preva­lent in race­horses, gas­tric ul­cers may also oc­cur in up to 60 per­cent of show and plea­sure horses. Stress, ath­letic ac­tiv­ity, and nu­tri­tion/feed­ing pat­terns can be risk fac­tors. Di­ets high in roughage (which ups saliva pro­duc­tion to neu­tral­ize stom­ach acid) are rec­om­mended, as is plenty of turnout (con­fine­ment in­creases risk). Strive also to min­i­mize the stress of haul­ing and com­pe­ti­tion. Though some symp­toms (be­low) may point to the pos­si­bil­ity of ul­cers, in gen­eral the clin­i­cal signs aren’t de­fin­i­tive. An en­do­scopic exam by your vet pro­vides the only sure di­ag­no­sis, and should pre­cede treat­ment.

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