FEED FOR THOUGHT: WHY DOES ALFALFA HELP PREVENT GASTRIC ULCERS?
Whenever one is looking to address or prevent equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), often times the daily ration is examined carefully along with changes in daily management. In recent years, alfalfa has become touted as something to include in a horse’s daily diet to help prevent ulcers. This theory began with a study performed by the University of Tennessee that examined which diet would cause ulcers: alfalfa hay with textured grain or brome hay with no grain (Nadeau et al., 2000). While the researchers believed that the incidence of ulcers would be higher in the grain-consuming group, they were quite surprised when the opposite was true and the alfalfa-containing ration combined with grain prevailed.
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