As horse owners, it is your responsibility to provide the best nutrition for your horse, this means that it is your responsibility to research and understand what they should be eating. It should not be a case of just going to the feed store a picking up a bag with a pretty horse on it nor should it be a case of buying what is cheapest.
There is an awful lot of information on the Internet to enable you to make your own informed decisions. Yes, sometimes cost does come into it and I know not everyone has unlimited resources, however having heard of people feeding rubbish to there horses purely because they cannot afford the ‘good stuff’… But believe me the ‘good stuff’ does not cost a lot.
However this does beg the question…should you have a horse in the first place if you can’t afford to feed it correctly?
Gastric Ulcers are very rarely naturally occurring unless a horse is not able to find enough forage.
Gastric Ulcers are caused by many man made factors, however the main ones are :
1) Excessive starch/sugar (Grain and molasses) in the diet
3) Lack of continuous fibrous material moving through the system
4) Overuse of drugs
5) Worm burden
If horses are managed in the correct way, then surely there would not be an increasing EGUS problem and instances of poor performance, condition and behaviour associated with pain cause by this debilitating condition.
Diagnosis is much more available now due to endoscopic advancement, however I would like to urge you to take responsibility for researching the five points made above and see what changes you can make to help improve the situation.
You cannot see what is going on inside unless your horse is ‘scoped’ but if you know that you have done your best by improving your management techniques then hopeful you have prevented your horse from being in this situation.
DO NOT wait for your horse to show the classic symptoms, such as:
1) Weight loss
3) Reluctance to move forward
4) Loose stools
ACT NOW! Do your own research, speak to your vet about prevention, read your feed labels and let’s make some changes!