The Benefits of Alfalfa for an Ulcer Prone Horse
Last month we outlined medical treatment options available for horses that suffer from ulcer symptoms with the benefits of scoping in conjunction with Gastrogard & Ulcerguard. If you believe you may have a horse suffering from ulcers, it may be beneficial to add Alfalfa to their feeding routine.
As we all know, horses were made to be constantly grazing. Some experts estimate that horses will graze for 15-17 hours per day if in the correct environment. As horses eat, they secrete saliva in addition to stomach acid. Their saliva contains sodium bicarbonate, which acts as a buffer, helping reduce stomach
acidity. Texas A&M did a study that showed horses that were fed alfalfa faired better as far as gastric health then horses that were fed Bermuda hay.