Anyone who has a stomach patient in the stable knows it. If something gets out of balance, the aches and pains start again. Horses with sensitive stomachs and that are prone to stomach problems are often very reactive to errors in feeding and feed management. Especially in boarding stables, many horses get too little roughage with too
As happens in some summers, if harvesting conditions are not optimal, high-quality hay is scarce and expensive. As a result, inferior, structurally poor hay is then fed. For example, a horse may not take in enough raw fiber, which means that it does not chew enough and the acid in the stomach is not sufficiently buffered. Also,
If horses have access to hay around the clock, they consume it much more slowly and over a considerably longer period of time. Since pastures are usually scarce, horses may have smaller paddocks, in which they rarely have the possibility to eat. If the horse does not have access to a pasture and the ability to graze, hay racks or hay nets should be provided in order to guarantee the intake of roughage.
Owners of stomach patients are often desperate because the sensitive horse is often plagued by recurrences, which have various causes. Various solutions are tried. Every piece of advice is followed, and all kinds of tricks are used to get the new food into the horse. But many horse owners are not aware that this approach often has exactly the opposite effect!
The desired result is hardly given the time to appear.
The horse must get used to something new, and before this is the case, the plan is abandoned and the next one is tried. In the case of gastric ulcers
It is therefore important to provide the horse with the nutrients it requires, fulfill other natural needs it has, and give the horse time to recover. If the horse continues to be prone to stomach problems, they should be addressed by giving appropriate supplements to which the horse reacted positively during recovery. To prevent possible recurrence, these supplements should continue to be given, even after successful treatment of stomach ulcers.