Proper care for a horse with a history of ulcers is a whole big chapter in the volume of horse health care. Horse owners who have had lots of experience with horse ulcers become extra-sensitive to the possibility of their horses developing new ulcers. They are alert to the smallest symptom, whether it is a horse off his feed or a horse experiencing mild colic.
Such horse owners are obsessed with one question: “What is my best course of action if it looks like one of my horses is getting an ulcer?”
Here is a simple, cost-effective answer.
Prevent Recurrence of Horse Ulcers
The best thing to do to prevent recurrence of ulcers in an afflicted but recovered horse is to put him on a totally health-oriented nutrition program.
Probably the best nutritional supplement available on the market for horses that are prone to ulcers is Simplexity Health’s Essentials. This is a convenient supplement pack for daily consumption with:
• 2 varieties of blue-green algae (with the cell wall and without)
With a daily dose to your horse, you can keep his gut absolutely healthy. The probiotics acidophilus and bifidus make sure the population of gut flora or “good bacteria” in the small and large intestines flourish. This is a vital function because gut flora deter foreign aggressors from taking over, possibly causing ulcers. Healthy digestion is also boosted by probiotics.
A crucial role in terms of digestion is played by the enzymes, particularly in the case of horses who are unable to assimilate nutrients efficiently or suffer from naturally poor digestion. And lastly, the two varieties of blue-green algae comprise a nutrient-rich supply of minerals, vitamins and trace minerals. These ingredients are of great help in healing horse ulcers pretty much as they start to form.
To put it precisely, Essentials supply the horse’s body with all that is necessary for a healthy gut. Essentials also repairs ulcers that may have begun to form. While a final decision on dosage can made after taking into consideration the horse’s temperament, I recommend Simplexity in daily doses of 1-2 packets.
Preventing Ulcers in a Stressed Horse
Simplexity Essentials works wonders when it comes to prevention of equine ulcers. In the cases of ulcer-prone horses that are stressed out, however, I would advise that you feed extra supplements to prevent new ulcer formation.
Stress in horses can be caused by a number of factors like change of environment, sudden change of weather, heavy training, travel and shows. You should know best the factors that cause stress in your horse. You can take preventive measures by adding ulcer-preventive agents to your horse’s feed.
For example, if you are aware that long trips stress your horse, you can include green clay, SUCCEED or KLPP and UF and Stomach Soother to your horse’s diet for a couple of days. The magic trick lies in feeding him the same supplements that healed him of his first ulcer.
Your supplement choice ranges from slipper elm and aloe to green clay and Stomach Soother. What you decide on should be determined by the kind and severity of your horse’s ulcers. Horse ulcers are rarely the same, and this means that the treatment is also not the same.
Treating Different Types of Horse Ulcers
After a couple of years with your horse, you will know exactly what triggers ulcers in him and exactly what supplements help him out the most. Have these supplements at hand all the time. Feed them to him if he shows signs of stress or a new ulcer. As an example, say a weather change has caused a mild colic in your horse, If Stomach Soother brings a favorable response, include it in his diet for some days, till his symptoms fade away. In combination with the Essentials, Stomach Soother prevents new ulcer formation, and also prevents a big veterinarian bill for you to pay sometime in the future.
You Can’t Beat Prevention!
I have had countless occasions to compare the results of conventional ulcer treatment versus holistic care. In just about every case, I have had it proved to me that horses who receive holistic care (which envisages preventative care in conjunction with a rock solid nutrition program) are afflicted less, recover faster when afflicted and are healthier and happier. Equally important, holistic care in the long run is much less expensive for horse owners.
When you design the right nutrition program specifically for your horse, you are setting up a preventative wall against recurrence of ulcers and other chronic health issues. On the fact of it, this kind of a program may appear to cost more than a strict grass, hay and grains regimen, but if you consider the costs saved on veterinarians and treatment, you know you are well ahead with holistic care. You also sleep sounder because your horse is in better health.