Gastric Ulcers – My Top 5 Tips

January 30, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Equestrian Advice


From my 6 month experience (and ongoing), I have found that STRESS is the main factor which causes the ulcers to develop.


My main 5 tips for preventing and managing your horses gastric ulcers:
  1. Allow forage at all times, this includes having several haynets spread around the stable.
  2. Feed a handful of Alpha A or hay before riding, this suppresses the acid and prevents the acid from splashing around the stomach when your horse is doing activities. If the acid is able to splash, this causes ulcers in the upper part of the stomach as this area does not have a protective lining.
  3. Feed a corn oil with a high fibre, low starch, low sugar, low calorie feed – Preferably Alpha A/ Alphalpha. Ensure your feed has the GUS (Gastric Ulcer Society) approval!
  4. Add a preventative to your feed, I am currently using EKYGUARD which my vet has recommended. This is on average £74 a box and lasts for my 550kg horse around 1 month and a half. There are cheaper options on the market, but I would suggest checking the ingredients with your vet.
  5. HAVE NO ROUTINE – This was the best tip I took from my vets.. Having a routine which is then broken causes your horse to stress, so if you do not have a routine your horse is less likely to fret when you turn up an hour later. Being fed, turned out or ridden at the exact same time everyday will cause problems if you are unable to turn up on time. Emergencies happen and you do not want to be worrying about your horse being fed on time when you are running behind schedule.
Do you have any great tips for managing gastric ulcers?
Please note, if you suspect your horse to have gastric ulcers please speak to your vet for expert advice! The above is what I have learnt throughout my experience and may not be suitable for your horse. 
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    FINDMYSTABLE said on February 5, 2017 10:11 PM:

    Thanks for reading! Please get in touch if you have experienced Gastric Ulcers, we would love to hear about your experiences!

  2. Horsemad said on February 10, 2017 7:13 PM:

    I have tried EKYGUARD too and its worked great for my horse! Just quite expensive…

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      FINDMYSTABLE said on March 11, 2017 3:57 PM:

      I have been looking on the market for others which have the same ingredients but for a better price, unfortunately I have not found any as of yet. I will let you know if I find something a bit more affordable!

  3. julierose329 said on March 11, 2017 2:40 AM:

    What are the warning signs that your horse may be suffering from ulcers? Is there a way to check without having a veterinarian diagnose?

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      FINDMYSTABLE said on March 11, 2017 3:44 PM:

      Mostly, the signs are behaviour changes. So for example, my horse decided she did not want to be ridden which was very out of character and when grooming or attaching her girth she was very tender. I would definitely still get the vet out as medication may be needed. Another sign is weight loss, so I now measure my horse on a monthly basis just to keep an eye on her and feed her a preventative in her hard feed.

      Has your horse had any of the symptoms above?


  4. kogross said on March 13, 2017 8:41 PM:

    All of these are great pieces of advice. I would add that horses are social creatures and if they must be stalled, make sure they can see their friends. Thanks!

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      FINDMYSTABLE said on March 14, 2017 8:14 PM:

      Indeed! Leaving your horse in on their own could cause more stress and therefore make their ulcers get worse!