Our horses' stomachs don't have easy lives. Constant stress-related overacidification in particular is prone to cause problems. Stress during transport, on the warm-up arena, on show jumping courses or in the dressage ring, often inordinately short feeding times, too little hay and excessive amounts of feed concentrate compound the problem.
On the one hand, there is insufficient buffering of gastric acid, an important component in the stomach; on the other hand, gastric acid levels are rising considerably due to stress!
Experts are saying: It is high time for stomach treatment; the gastric status requires daily support by specific gastric acid buffering.
What kinds of horses are primarily affected?
Dr. Steve Taylor**: Studies performed by Murray demonstrate that half of all sports horses are suffering from gastric ulcers; a tendency that is clearly on the rise! Sports horses in particular have difficulty coping with training and show stress. However, daily handling, feeding, and care also represent a considerable negative stress potential. Just like any track-and-field athletes or top class cyclists, our four-legged partners are high-performance athletes requiring optimum care in order to reach their full potential.
What is the reason for this?
Dr. Steve Taylor: Horses, of course, are originally used to foraging all day long, taking in limited amounts of feed at one time. However, common practices of keeping sports horses or stallions pretty much preclude this. The consequence: The horse's stomach with its limited holding capacity is continuously emptied. Acid production, on the other hand, continues during these idle periods and cannot be buffered, as there is no feed in the stomach. What is worse: Riding and training will naturally compress and relax the stomach, causing the acid to come in contact with the unprotected upper gastric wall and to attack it. This irritates the gastric mucosal lining, quickly giving rise to gastric ulcers – a highly painful development!
What can be done to prevent this?
Dr. Stephen Taylor: We must aim at stress reduction and continuous supply of roughage. This, however, cannot always be guaranteed. This is why many experts and top equestrians recommend targeted buffering of the acidity in the stomach. How does this work? It is quite simple: The new Equine 74®Gastric provides a suitable acid buffer with a high mineral effect.
Horses produce gastric acid around the clock. The horse's stomach consists of two parts - a proximal region and the distal stomach. In the proximal region, the pH value should ideally be about 5.5, while in the distal region it should be around 2.5. If the stomach contains no feed at all to absorb the gastric acid, the pH value may drop to 1.5 – which is in the highly acidic range. This usually causes the gastric acid to attack the protective gastric mucosa or to burn the unprotected upper gastric region. If the horse does not receive enough salivated feed, this will trigger a vicious circle ultimately leading to gastric ulcer.
Good reasons for using Equine 74®Gastric
• tested and recommended by professionals
• helps stressed horses on their way to more balance and harmony
• has a calming effect
• optimum dosage
• no doping
• monthly ration for only 59.90 Euros
*(Vastistas et al., 1994; Hammond et al., 1996; Murray et al., 1996)
**Dr. Steve Taylor, Animal Nutritionist, Ireland
For more informations please contact Equine 74 directly under 0049 172 518 40 99 or take a look at the website www.equine74.de.
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