What measures can be taken to avoid the occurrence of ulcers?

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To prevent ulcers in horses, it's crucial to minimize stress and adopt appropriate feeding practices. This can significantly reduce the risk of your horse developing gastric ulcers. Utilizing preventatives like Equestra Equine Omeprazole at strategic times can further contribute to maintaining your horse's health.

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Here are some expert tips on how to minimize the risk of ulcer development and improve the management of acid production and exposure in the stomach:



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Stress is a major risk factor for ulcers. Intense exercise, stall confinement, and transport stress are common stressors for horses. Avoid stressful situations when possible or consider using Equestra as a preventative option during transport, competition, or other stressful times.

Feeding Routine: Provide a consistent feeding routine, as sudden changes can lead to stress and ulcers. Stick to a regular feeding schedule and avoid abrupt changes in the type or amount of feed. 

Access to Forage: Ensure horses have access to hay or pasture at all times. Forage promotes chewing and saliva production, buffering stomach acid. It also forms a protective mat in the stomach, preventing acid splashing onto non-glandular areas.

Regular Feeding: Horses should not go more than four hours without food. Provide small, frequent meals or hay throughout the day to maintain proper digestive function.

Diet: Diets high in sugar and starch increase the risk of ulcers. Limit dietary starch and consider incorporating Lucerne/Alfalfa hay, which is high in protein and calcium, for extra gastric acid buffering.

Training and Competing: Intense exercise is strongly linked to ulcer risk. Decrease the frequency of strenuous workouts and ensure there is forage in the stomach before exercise to absorb gastric fluid.

Medications: Use caution with long-term treatments of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)


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Horses are social animals, so provide physical and visual contact with others to reduce stress. Maximize turnout time when possible for forage, movement, and socialization.

Equestra Equine Omeprazole administration is stress-free for horses, aligning with the goal of minimizing stress and improving overall health. Consider alternatives to syringe administration, as it can be a stressful experience for all parties involved.

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