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post #1 of 6 Old 05-23-2014, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Aloe juice?

How well does aloe juice work for preventing ulcers? At the barn I work at they are using it and was thinking about trying it on my horse. What are your guy's experiences?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-23-2014, 07:46 PM
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Ulcers can be caused by stress an digestive problems. Ulcers are easy to prevent as long as its easy on the horses stomach my not having to much acid you shouldnt get ulcers. Ive never tried aloe juice before but it could for coating the horses stomach making a protective layer, just be aware of how much you give your horse and you should be fine.
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Its effective in helping heal and protect ulcers from stomach acid but it won't reduce acid production like Omeprazole or work as an antacid like magnesium and calcium based products
U-Gard contains aloe and antacids
You also need to work on a prevention program and stop the ulcers from getting there in the first place
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Aloe juice is good for allowing ulcers to heal, but it will not prevent them if the horse's proper grazing needs aren't met. Horses are designed to graze at least 22 hours a day, they constantly produce stomach acid, unlike us or dogs who only produce stomach acid when we eat. A horse's full stomach empties in two hours, after that ulcers start to form if there's nothing/not much in the stomach. After 7 hours it is impossible for them to not form. A misconception is that ulcers will always show outward symptoms or always show when a horse is scoped, and neither is the case. This is why there are slow feed nets, one of the benefits is allowing horses to "graze" like they need to. This is among other benefits such as a stress/boredom reliever and stabilizing weight on easy and hard keepers.

If you suspect your horse has ulcers then adding the aloe juice will be good, but you will still have to fix what's causing them in the first place. What is your horse being fed, how much, how many times a day, and what is your horse's stall/turnout schedule?
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As prevention - nada. As part of a treatment plan - definitely. I gave my OTStdbd aloe vera gel/juice and slippery elm bark. After a week she looked better. In two weeks she was almost up to weight :)
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My horse is out all the time and gets fed hay twice a day with a small lunch (hay), she can't be out grazing for extended periods of time because she had foundered last winter... I will be feeding her in a slow feed hay net once I get one, she isn't underweight, if anything she is over.she is kind of cranky when ridden and groomed (ulcers?) I thought that if I gave her a hand full of beet pulp and a squirt of aloe she would improve, but I wanted to see if anyone has done or knows anything about it before I went and got some...
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