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Post Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:58 am

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My friend suspects her horse has ulcers. I was thinking marshmallow would be good. What about slippery elm? Any other suggestions? :blink:

Post Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:01 pm
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Comfrey, Calendula, Gotu Kola, Licorice, Marshmallow, Plantain and Turmeric are all good for ulcers.

Horses with ulcers often have kidney struggles as well. You might want to give her a little kidney support. Switch to whole oats instead of more processed grains.

Post Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:54 pm
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Cayenne too?

Post Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:30 am
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IdahoHerbalist wrote:
Cayenne too?


Cayenne has several activities that can help ulcers, it kills the bacteria (Heliobacter pylori) that cause the ulcer (as does Calendula). It also decreases pain (capsacian numbs the nerves) and regulates and impropves stomach secretions.

Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:37 pm

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This is a pretty late reply, but I figured it would be worth adding anyhow.

I don’t have herbal info, but I do know a few things worth sharing about horses and ulcers.

A big contributor to horse ulcers is inconsistent feedings, and long times without forage. Horses are grazers that require constant access to forage. They produce stomach acid in a never ending flow, which is buffered by their constant grazing and saliva. The bottom of their stomach is thick which is able to cope with the stomach acid, but the top of their stomach is thin and sensitive. A horse with an empty stomach can have acid burn a hole in the upper thin membrane in less than 20 minutes while exercising. The best thing for them is to have constant access to forage. Slow feeders are excellent for this so they don’t over eat and get big hay bellies.

Some more info on ulcers in horses and slow feeding. These are just some google searches.

horse stomach acid slow feeder - https://www.google.com/search?q=horse+s ... irefox-b-1

horse slow feeder ulcer - https://www.google.com/search?q=horse+s ... irefox-b-1

Here’s a link to some good info on different types of slow feeders. - https://listentoyourhorse.com/slow-feed ... omparison/

I have a couple porta grazers, but I'm going to build some slow-grazers and see how well they work. I also purchased a 5'x5' section of hay net material from haychix to make the top slow feeder section of the slow grazer instead of using a wire panel. One thing to be aware of is that horseshoes can get caught in the hay net material if they put their feet in the feeder.

Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:32 pm
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Mickey Young at Silverliningherbs.com has a good herb formula for horse ulcers in horsey-sized bags.

Silver Lining Herbs


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