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Product of the Week: Barastoc Complete Performer

Peter Huntington, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc. Director of Nutrition, talks about gastric ulcers in performance horses.

 

As you probably know, gastric ulcers are common in performance horses. The high incidence of ulcers in performance horses results, in part, from the way these horses are fed and managed. Large grain meals and extended periods of fasting lead to excessive gastric acid output without adequate saliva protection.

One of the easiest ways to keep your horse ulcer-free is through the liberal feeding of forage through hay and pasture. Lucerne is an appropriate hay/chaff choice as research suggests that the type of hay fed to horses has a significant impact on acid neutralization and the incidence of gastric ulcers. But even horses with full access to pasture and hay can develop gastric ulcers!

You may consider changing to a feed that contains less starch. Barastoc Complete Performer is ideal for horses prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) as it contains a natural equine antacid. Its combination of high fibre and the antacid helps neutralize excess gastric acid, protecting the stomach lining and restoring the normal gastric environment.

Lower starch feeds also help reduce hyperactivity and stress, and minimize their effects on stomach health. A low feeding rate also helps to decrease meal sizes and avoids the overconsumption of starch. The inclusion of canola oil helps to supply energy to the horse, reducing the need for additional grains.

Omega-3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties that benefit joint and immune health. Watch Peter’s YouTube segment for more information.

Peter Huntington, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc. Director of Nutrition, Australia

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This article was written in conjunction with Barastoc.

 

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