Originally Posted by ariatgirl2008
I have a mid aged gelding, he has ulcers. I have been feeding him cool stance, alfalfa pellets and lots of hay. He doesn't seem to eat his cool stance, so is there any other feed someone would recommend for a horse with ulcers?
You're already feeding one of the things I'd have recommended (copra).
Did he ever eat the Cool stance well, or is it a newer feed for him? Most horses I know don't jump right to it (all new feeds should be transitioned to), but end up loving it. It took mine about a week to warm up to copra as I transitioned it with their old feed (but mine only get it so they're use to it for when I need to use it for distance riding). If he was eating it, but has stopped then I'd look for reasons why.
Copra is very easily digested in the SI and will put weight on (so if he's an easy keeper you'll need to watch his weight and how much you feed). Keep in mind that it's lower in CA and higher in P which is the opposite of a good ratio. Beet pulp (easily digested in the hind gut) has CA but no P so I use that to give balance (and I can soak the beet and copra together for feeding). There are other things that work too (today there are so many suppliments and feeds for equines that it's almost as bad as the human side of the "health food" industry). I often wonder how my family ever managed to keep healthy horses that lived 30+ years without all this special food and suppliments
(actually I do know....we rotated grazing over varous pastures and wooded areas with varying vegetation year round)
Oils are also a very easy to digest additive and useful if you need more energy. Soy meal is a good source for lysine (better than cotton seed which is what the industry tends to use more).
I personally avoid grains and anything sweet. To many potential health issues associated with them.