Equine Ulcers

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Equine Ulcer Quick Facts:

  • horses developed as grazers over millions of years
  • grazing increases the flow of saliva which acts as an acid buffer
  • studies have shown that stomach pH drops just 6 hours after feeding
  • most horses in boarding stables are fed just twice a day
  • horses continually secrete acid – even when they have no food to eat
  • horses can develop a stomach ulcer in just 5 days

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Change in attitude
  • Change in eating behavior
  • Sensitive around the belly
  • Frequent colic episodes
  • Diarrhea
  • Rough and/or dull hair coat