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Signs of Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Marty Adams, PhD, PAS - Equine Nutritionist for Southern States

Horse being ridden in a practice ring

Prevalence of gastric ulcers in the horse has been shown to be very high, especially horses in strenuous performance, training and show activities. Following are common signs or symptoms of horses that have been diagnosed with gastric ulcers:

  • Mild, chronic colic
  • Lying down more than normal
  • Weight loss
  • Poor appetite or partial anorexia (not finishing grain or hay)
  • Poor performance
  • Decreased stride length
  • Behavioral or attitude changes
  • Inadequate energy
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Poor hair coat

Treatment of gastric ulcers is expensive as the only FDA-approved drug for gastric ulcers, will cost $30-$40 daily. Legends GastroTech Supplement has been research-proven to significantly improve gastric health in horses. It is designed to be mixed or top-dressed with the concentrate on a twice-daily feeding program. Legends GastroTech Supplement has a recommended feeding rate of ½ pound twice per day for horses weighing 1,000 to 1,200 pounds and a daily cost of about 75 cents.

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