Re: question on testing


Kirsten Rasmussen
 

Hi Erin,

I think stress must be a huge factor in inducing ulcers as performance horses have higher rates.  Even without the performance/trailering/etc aspects, exercise itself is a form of stress.  Check out the table showing various disciplines and ulcer rates here:
https://thehorse.com/19510/feeding-the-ulcer-prone-horse/
Im not advocating some of the recommendations in the article (ie, those who recommend feeding alfalfa because the higher calcium supposedly buffers stomach acid don't understand basic chemistry, see also: https://drkhorsesense.wordpress.com/2021/11/18/alfalfa-and-equine-gastric-ulcers/), but the numbers reported in the thehorse.com article are interesting.

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