Digestive Health Risks

It’s a sad fact that the overwhelming majority of performance horses, show and race, have equine ulcers. They are prone for many reasons:

  • Turnout time is very limited, and non-existent at competitions
  • Energy requirements are met by adding processed feeds to the diet, which aren’t always easy for the horse to digest
  • Management agendas leave them eating just 2 or 3 meals a day
  • Heavy exercise influences the digestive process
All of these factors upset the natural digestive process of a horse and make it prone to clinical issues such as equine ulcers, diarrhea, and colic.

And these digestive health problems aren’t just limited to performances horses either.

Studies have shown that most horses with elements of this lifestyle, competing or not, are prone to developing ulcers.

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Break the Cycle of Ulcers and Colic

For many horses that have experienced a serious digestive issue, its not just a one-time thing. It’s this vicious diagnose, treat, repeat cycle – that is often very expensive and potentially life-threatening for your horse.

The problem is that by simply treating a horse’s digestive problem, you aren’t getting to the root of what caused it in the first place.

There are several simple steps you can take in how you feed and manage your horses that will promote digestive wellness and help break the cycle.

  • Feed in more small meals throughout the day, instead of a couple large ones
  • Provide free access to hay
  • Offer regular turnout
  • Supplement to promote digestive wellness

Consult Your Veterinarian

Managing your horse’s feed program to maintain digestive health goes a long way to keeping ulcers and colic at bay. But if your horse shows any of the following signs, it’s time to talk to your veterinarian.

  • Signs of discomfort, especially in the mid-section
  • Manure is loose or watery
  • Clearly favors one side, or won’t bend to one side
  • Lays down frequently