What is the best feed for a horse with ulcers?

As part of our FAQ section, here is a question we often get: What is the best feed for a horse with ulcers?

We deal with this topic on this page Equine Gastric Ulcer Feeding

However, as a quick recap of what you should be feeding your horse who has gastric ulcers:

  • Minimise cereal based hard concentrates. Feed reduced sugars and starches.
  • Try and feed a large amount of roughage. on our page we give you amounts you should aim for, as well as tips on how to maximise the time your horse takes to eat his roughage.

We have personally seen good results with Speedi-Beet, which is a highly nutritious, quick soaking beet pulp feed, with no added molasses, Speedi-Beet is 95% sugar free. Made using only best quality British Beet Pulp.

Roughage: We would recommend feeding at least 1% – 1.5% of your horse’s bodyweight in good quality hay. Alfalfa Hay has also shown signs of acid buffering for approximately 5 hours, so this would be a good addition to your horse’s last feed of the day. Very often if you can feed your horse enough Alfalfa hay, this is often enough to counteract the needs to buy any equine gastric ulcer supplements, which is often very expensive as well.

Your horse would cope better if you could feed 4-5 times per day (obviously only if this would be practical). It has been shown in trials that horses subjected to periods of not eating (Approximately 8 hours) had a greater chance of getting gastric ulcers. This should hopefully help you in answering your question What is the best feed for a horse with ulcers?

Remember however, if your horse has ulcers, it is important to treat this first with Omeprazole, and once your horse has rescoped clear, you should then look at what caused the ulcers, and how to help your horse not get ulcers again by feeding the correct food.

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