Feeds for a horse prone to ulcers? (also a hardkeeper)

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    08-20-2012, 10:29 AM
Feeds for a horse prone to ulcers? (also a hardkeeper)

I went and tried out a horse the other day (as many of you have likely read), and I want to make sure that I've fully researched the ins and outs of possible diets and solutions for her.. in case I did decide to go with her.

I've read that low starch feeds are much better for keeping stomach issues at bay, especially when coupled with lots of pasture time.

So far, I've come across two possible feeds.

Triple Crown Low Starch Horse Feed-

Low Starch Horse Feed-Triple Crown's Low Starch Horse Feed Formula

Purina WellSolveL/S

Purina Horse Feeds - WELLSOLVE

I'm just wondering if any diet experts have better ideas on what to possibly feed her.
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    08-20-2012, 10:55 AM
Low starch is your best choice.
I would recommend do a lot of mashes. I have a friend who has a really bad ulcers in her horse she feeds him low starch nd beet pull heavily watered down.
Also ask your vet for any suggestions cause depending on the horse ( ie what you do with it) and the severity of the ulcers your vet can tell you best options :)
Hope this helps
    08-20-2012, 12:25 PM
I'd pick the Triple Crown Low Starch, but I'm a little partial to that brand (it's what I feed my horse, but he's a light keeper so he gets the 30% Supplement).

The feeding instructions for that product are a little vague... basically "feed as much as you need to keep your horse at a good weight but at least 6 lbs to get the proper nutrients." It might be worthwhile to get a subscription to FeedXL.com to figure out how much that particular horse needs to get all the nutrients covered, and then fill in extra calories as needed with beet pulp and/or rice bran. Rice bran has an inverted calcium to phosphorous ratio and goes rancid very quickly, so check to see if you can get it stabilized (extends the shelf life) & fortified (added calcium) for a reasonable price in your area. In my local feed stores it's about 3x the price of non-stabilized, and I won't go through the non-stabilized kind fast enough with my horse before it spoils, so he gets beet pulp instead!

A grass/alfalfa mix hay would be great (although some horses seem to be sensitive to something in it and get really hot on it), but not always possible if you're not buying your own hay and your barn doesn't carry it. My barn only offers grass hay so I fill in with alfalfa cubes in a treat dispenser (which also helps with boredom) the days I'm there. Alfalfa pellets are also fine.
    08-20-2012, 02:54 PM
I feed my TB Triple crown senior, she is also a hard keeper who is prone to terrible ulcers. I also give her a supplement called Ulc-r-aid which really helped keep her flare ups to a minimum.
    08-20-2012, 03:59 PM
Thanks guys for all the information! I'm trying to research all the possible diets and supplements that I can. We're also hoping to get up again so I can ride her once more and so that we can have a more detailed talk about all her "quirks". :)
    08-21-2012, 07:07 PM
BTW, if you haven't already considered this, keep in mind that you should pay less for a cribber. Even if it's controlled by a collar and doesn't lead to any health problem, it lowers the horse's resale value because there are people who won't even go look at a known cribber. If you do decide you like the horse, it's an excellent bargaining chip.
    08-21-2012, 08:05 PM
I definitely like her as of right now, she's said that she'll negotiate around $2500.. even though she's listed at $3500. She's even willing to transport her up to the barn for the gas price, which is pretty great of her. Around here, the only horses who go for that are the ones who aren't really worth looking at, cribber or not.. although I've been being pretty specific: Thoroughbred mare with a bit of English training with soundness to jump.. and most horses around here are western 14.3hh QHs.

Mainly right now, we're looking at prices and such for feed. I spent all of last night researching horse diet so I feel a bit more confident picking out a feed.. although I'll definitely get a vet's recommendation for serving sizes and such. She said we can come down to look at her again this weekend, so we'll discuss everything more in detail now that we're officially interested. :)
    08-30-2012, 01:24 PM
Feeding a cup of aloe vera juice twice daily for a few months can help with ulcers as well. I seen people have great results with aloe vera.
    08-30-2012, 01:30 PM
Apple cider vinegar (straight or in their water) will help too. I had my two foals on it for the longest time, and I still put it in their water to keep them from colicing.

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