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Can equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) be successfully managed and/or treated?
Management modifications such as feeding smaller, more frequent meals and including some alfalfa in the diet can help reduce the occurrence of EGUS. Since the buffering effect may last only six hours, horses at risk for EGUS should be fed at least three to four times a day and fed a maximum of 5 to 6 pounds of grain per meal. Some researchers recommend feeding a small meal, 2 to 3 pounds of alfalfa hay, a couple of hours before starting exercise to reduce the acid splash and effect on stomach pH during exercise. Reducing stress and providing turn-out time with pasture grazing can also help.
When gastric ulcers are found, treatment with prescribed medication is the only proven method for healing them. Changes in diet and management can help reduce the chances of recurrence, but such modifications alone will not heal an existing condition.