Does feeding an extruded feed help a horse that is suspected of having ulcers? Also, is it safe to feed alfalfa cubes to a horse while on Ulcer Gard ?
Extruded feeds are considered to be easier on the stomach because they are manufactured in a manner to increase digestibility. They tend to have less sugar than mixed “sweet” type feeds, and are already processed unlike whole cereal grains, so they are easier to break down and access the nutrients. Extruded feeds can be a good choice for horses with EGUS. Alfalfa hay and cubes are also an excellent choice for horses with gastric ulcers. In addition to being very palatable, the high calcium level in this forage acts as a natural buffer for stomach acid. The prolonged chewing required to break hay down into easy to swallow boluses also increases saliva production, which is an important acid buffer in the stomach. It is fine to feed alfalfa to a horse that is receiving ulcer guard.
Melissa McKee, DVM