Can horses cope with sudden cold weather?
Horses can survive and even thrive in what we consider to be very inhospitable conditions, but they do need plenty of feed to fuel them and keep them warm.
Stomach ulcers are sadly common place in horses. They are being increasingly diagnosed across all horse populations, including leisure horses, likely due to greater awareness of the signs and symptoms. There have also been developments in technology allowing vets to make earlier and more conclusive diagnoses.
Ulcers can be triggered, or exacerbated by stress, travelling, long periods without food, insufficient forage, cereals and straw. Some medications can also trigger them.
There are three types of gastric ulcers in horses.
Your vet is best able to diagnose ulcers definitively by use of a gastroscope. Feeding and management are both critical in resolving ulcers and keeping horses ulcer-free.
Treating a horse with ulcers is a four-fold approach:
Horses are individuals and respond in different ways to their management, feeding and medication. It is important to maintain dialogue with our Feed Line nutrition team and your vet to ensure the best outcome for your individual horse.
For feeding advice complete our Feeding Advice form or call us on 01728 604 008. Alternatively, you can view our most recommended feeds for ulcers below.