Re: question on testing
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:
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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