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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Stomach upset

Hi Dr. Getty,

I made a post on Oct. 29th about my mare having stomach problems that seem to occur around this time of year. I read your answer to someone whose horse had ulcers. You suggested she try "AMIQUELL". I was wondering if this would be good for my mare?
I have her on Ration Plus and U-gard.

Thanks, Lisa

Where are you from? St. James, Long Island, New York

How did you locate this forum? searching the web

Re: Stomach upset

Hi Lisa,

Yes, if your mare has an ulcer, then AmiQuell is very appropriate. I would also continue with Ration Plus. However, UlcerGard is for short term use, only.

Starchy feeds (from cereal grains such as oats, corn, or barley) and sweet feeds, should be avoided since they increase stomach acid production. So, continue feeding beet pulp, but replace the Ultium with Purina Wellsolve L/S for less sugar. And eliminate the Nutrena Complete.

You mentioned that you're feeding flax -- that's excellent. Be sure to get a stabilized flaxseed meal that has added calcium to correct the high levels of phosphorus naturally found in flax, such as Nutra Flax.

If she is eating all her hay, that's a good sign. She should get all the hay she wants and not run out. Horses need to graze continually since their stomachs always produce acid. Chewing produces saliva, a natural antacid.

Check her worming program since parasites can be a significant contributor to appetite loss.

And finally, give her additional B vitamins. BPlex is a good choice because it does not contain iron, like most other B vitamin supplements. There is plenty of iron in forage and horses do not require additional supplementation of this mineral.

I hope this is helpful. Please keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO