It is estimated that as many as 50-90% of horses in training may experience gastric ulcers. In the absence of access to continuous grazing, horses are more prone to the development of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Gastric ulcers arise because of the insufficient buffering of stomach acid with bicarbonate in saliva that occurs between feeds. Clinical signs include poor appetite, poor performance, signs of abdominal pain or colic, teeth grinding and changes in temperament. Management measures such as increasing access to food, feeding little and often and decreasing stress factors are important in managing horses with ulcers.
GASTROFEN offers a non-pharmaceutical solution to assist horses with gastric ulcers. GASTROFEN contains a seaweed extract pre-biotic to encourage the growth of good intestinal bacteria, a probiotic containing beneficial intestinal bacteria, threonine to assist with mucous production and the protection of the intestinal wall and vitamin E which acts as an anti-oxidant for damaged intestinal cells.