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Horse Feed For Easy Keepers or Horses with Ulcers

Are you looking for an additional horse feed for your horse?

Sometimes hay is not enough, or the quality of hay that is available in your region or at your barn is good for fibre and forage, but you need to give your horse a little something extra. In this case Lifeline horse feed is available for this exact reason.

The feed itself is good for horses that are easy, or for horses that have a hard time with sugars and starches. These can also be horses with ulcers of other digestive problems that horses can have.

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    Is your horse an Easy Keeper?

    Easy keepers are known around the horse industry as horses that don’t really gain weight or lose weight, they don’t fuss much over types of food, they don’t react to different hay types and generally are always in good health.

    These are the best kinds of horses for beginners because they are easy to keep, generally easy to ride and will cost you less with the vet and the feed store.

    If you have an easy keeper, you generally don’t have to worry too much about things like colic and ulcers, and your horses weight is usually always good to go. Sometimes easy keepers can actually get a little heavy because they eat well.

    Even still it is a good idea to use best practices when feeding your horse, because colic and ulcers can develop over time and affect even the easiest of keepers.

    Worst Time of Year for Colic

    Colic is usually because of water. Many people think it is the hay, but actually it’s the water. Now some horses are more prone to colic because of genetics and other factors, but usually it’s not enough water.

    This isn’t about dehydration, but rather about the amount of water the horse is drinking when it is eating, or around that time.

    The worst time of year for this is in the spring and fall because of the rapid temperature changes that happen, especially to horses that live inside during the night and outside during the day. The rapid weather change can cause the horse to not feel thirsy, but not drink enough water while they are outside during the day. Then they are fed and that is when colic is prone to happen.

    The best thing to do is not let your horse go too long without food. The other thing is to make sure they have access to electrolytes especially on days that are hot in the afternoon and cold at night.

    Starch and Sugar

    Some horses also have digestion issues just like humans and can have a hard time with starches and sugars. If this is the case for your horse then a feed might be the answer.

    What about Ulcers?

    Ulcers can also develop in horses that go too long without food intake. The acid inside a horses stomach is continually produced. It’s stomach is expecting slow eating throughout the day. That’s what horses do, they slowly graze all day long.

    However with boarded horses they usually get fed in the morning and again at night. This can at times leave them in long stretches without food, especially if they eat fast, of if their diet is low in forage.

    The acid in the stomach rises up and begins to eat the stomach wall and creates an ulcer. Obviously, this isn’t good for the horse. To find out more about ulcers and preventions and treatments check out this article. LINK