Nutritional Remedy for Horses Prone to Ulcers
There are many signs that may point to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) in your horse. Unfortunately, horses can’t always communicate where it hurts. As a result, diagnosing equine ulcers can be tricky. Luckily there are ways to prevent horses from developing ulcers. Management is the single most important factor.
Causes of Gastric Ulcers in Horses
There are many factors that can increase the risk of ulcers in horses, including:
Preventing Gastric Ulcers
Equine nutritionists from respected university programs around the country agree that the Square Meal feeding program is a proven approach for prevention of gastric ulcers. It’s estimated that as much as 75% of horses may develop moderate to severe ulcers. If your horse has an ulcer, you should discuss treatment options with your veterinarian. Once healed, you should make changes to your horse’s nutrition and diet to prevent recurrence. That’s where Square Meal Feeds can help! Fortunately, there are many studies that have been done on equine ulcers, and they all agree on one thing: Horses prone to ulcers should be fed a forage based diet as near to 24/7 as possible. Square Meal Feeds products are an all forage balanced diet that can be fed free – choice.
Ulcer Remedy: Square Meal Feeds
The most important part of a horse’s diet is hay, but often good-quality hay isn’t available. With Square Meal Feeds, your horses get high-quality forage regardless of local hay conditions. The long fiber length of the forage in the Square Meal biscuit makes it more appealing to the horse than pellets. It’s a complete diet that improves digestion—with adequate levels of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins when combined with plenty of fresh water and free choice loose salt.
We understand you may get conflicting information from feed companies, feed bags, magazines and even veterinarians. Some myths and truths:
Horses need lots of grain: They don’t. The digestive system of the horse is the perfect engine for processing forage, but overfeeding with grain causes digestive problems that are manifested in ways that hurt horse health and contentment.
Grain is critical as a protein supplement: There’s plenty of protein in a diet rich with high-quality roughage. A good feeding program should be based on forages with little supplement.
My feed salesman said horses need grain to stay healthy: They’re selling grain, not horse health. Too much grain is destructive to your horse’s digestive system.
Square Meal Feed offers less waste, less labor and promotes healthier, happier horses.
Key benefits to Square Meal Feeds:
- Consistency: The biscuit is easier for your horse to break apart, chew and digest than hay cubes or powdered, reconstituted pellets on the market. Horses like the texture.
- Less waste: Every bit is consumed. Nothing ends up in the stall bedding.
- Easy to transport, store and feed: Square Meal is packaged in easy-to-handle bags, making it fresh and convenient to store and dispense than most forage and grain options.
- Reduces manure: Who would complain about this?
- Free choice feeding: Square Meal should be fed on a free choice basis so your horse can feed at will for 15 to 20 hours per day.
Backed by years of clinical research at equine universities: Square Meal is a more economical choice compared to other feeding programs considering the cost of hay, sweet feeds and supplements. You’ll enjoy the priceless value of a healthier horse, with a better temperament and fewer trips to the vet.