09-04-2009, 08:58 AM
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To prevent colic on a colic-prone horse, I like to add oil to the diet and feed NO grains or horse feeds, only quality hay and hay pellets with vitamins (and the oil).
To prevent ulcers, Alfalfa hay works well, as it is high in Calcium, which works as a buffer to stomach acids. NO grains or horse feeds (which increase stomach acids), only quality hay and hay pellets with vitamins. A diet of 50% alfalfa hay works well. If you cannot get Alfalfa hay, then feeding grass or timothy hay along with alfalfa cubes and/or pellets (to mix in the vitamins) works well. You want horse horse eating 8-10 lbs of Alfalfa a day. An ulcer prone horse should have food/hay in front of him/her ALL DAY, with at mch turn out as possible, preferably 22-23 hours a day (only in to eat the hay pellets w/vitamins).
To treat ulcers, I would personally stick with a vet-recommended treatment. However, ulcers can be prevented with proper diet and living conditions.