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hello ma'am. lets suppose my horse ran a hard race today. its common that it wont eat its feed for two days. i would like to provide him 3 bundles of dry hay after the race and shall add chopped alfalfa hay in his evening meal so that ulcers would suppress down temporarily. the next 5 days, he would be on ULCERGARD paste. is my idea okay?

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Hello Rohit,

Alfalfa is a good forage source for horses, and its level of nutrient density makes it an ideal forage source for horses in heavy work.  I'm not sure that providing it in a chopped form will provide extra protection against the development of ulcers.  In fact, the dry hay may be of more help in that regard as it provides a means of absorbing stomach acid and diffusing it through the digestive system.  Most importantly, you're going to want your horse to have unlimited access to forage to help deter ulcer formation.

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Corlena Patterson

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I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.

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Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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The American Society of Equine Appraisers

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'Stable Management' Handbook, Equine Canada.

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M.Sc (Equine Science-current), B.Sc(Agr) Animal Science, Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Farrier Certification, Equine Consultant Certification, Certified Equine Appraiser, Certified in Emergency Equine Rescue.

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