Are you worried about the health of your adult horse? Gastric ulcers are an incredibly common health problem in horses. Mild ulcers affect over a third of all adult horses living in confined stalls. Additionally, your racehorses and show horses could be even more susceptible. More than sixty percent of show horses and ninety percent of racehorses develop moderate to severe gastric ulcers! These ulcers could lead to health problems in your horses.
How can you tell if your horse has or is developing gastric ulcers? In your adult horse, gastric ulcers can cause a poor appetite, weight loss, a poor coat quality, or poor performance. Your horse could also be lying down more than normal, experiencing mental dullness, or attitude changes. If you see any of these symptoms in your horse, we encourage you to contact your local equine veterinarian.
If you are worried about your horse developing gastric ulcers, start learning about prevention. The best way to prevent gastric ulcers in horses is by learning the causes. Fasting can cause a build-up of damaging stomach acid. The type of feed you use could also cause gastric ulcers. Feed that requires more chewing stimulates more saliva which neutralizes stomach acid. Additionally, horses that exercise more often are prone to more ulcers due to longer periods of fasting and less chewable feed.
It’s important to know why horses develop an abundance of potentially damaging stomach acid. Horses naturally eat in a consistent, slow manner throughout the day. The iFEED technology mimics a horse’s natural feeding method and reduces the occurrence of gastric ulcers in horses. However, if you use other feeding methods, your horse may be at risk. Consider the iFEED technology for your feeding system to prevent gastric ulcers in your horses! Your horses will thank you.