My mom, Shelly Mueller, grew up riding and training horses, but was also a food science major in college. Combine the two and you get a lady who likes to come up with natural remedies for treating problems in horses. She does a lot with herbs, but the one product that has become extremely popular is the hindgut buffer for treating ulcers. Here’s how it works:
Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as wood chewing and weaving. Unfortunately, this is often a risk when feeding today’s rich concentrate feeds, and it all goes back to the evolution of the horse’s digestive system. That system was designed to process large amounts of high-fiber, poor-quality forage, rather than today’s richer diets.
Top Performance Ulcer Management Powder was designed to raise the ph of the hindgut and thus alleviate a lot of the problems associated with the lifestyles of today’s horses. Raising the ph of the hindgut has shown to improve digestibility and absorption of feed and supplements and also has proven to greatly reduce ulcer symptoms. These symptoms may include poor weight gain and hair coat, tendency to be cinchy or pull back when saddled, tendency to have a cold back, cribbing, loose manure, soreness in the back , irritability, tendency to lay down more than normal and lack of appetite.
All horses we have placed on this hindgut buffer have experienced weight gain and they have a more fit look. We have noticed a lot of “quirky” behaviors disappear after a few days on it. It has proven to not only prevent ulcers, but to also rid the horse’s system of existing ulcers.
I keep every horse on our place on the buffer. Along with it we recommend a feed low in starch and high in fat and digestible fiber. This would contain beet pulp, oil, and rice or oat hulls. There are many good feeds on the market designed for this purpose. This will take a lot of the load off your horse’s digestive system while maintaining their performance level.
More information can be found at www.topperformanceequine.com.