Powdered ginger root for horses has been used for centuries for its wide range of benefits. It is a warming spice that supports good circulation. It is a popular horse supplement for supporting mobility, for respiratory health and for digestive support.
- Amino acids
- Oleoresin (containing gingerols, zingerone and shogaols which give ginger its distinctive smell and flavour)
- Vitamins A and B
- Volatile oil
- Horses who need extra mobility support
- Horses who need respiratory support
- Horses needing a digestive aid
G PER DAY
SCOOPS PER DAY
Horses and ponies
10 - 20
1 - 2
2kg tub fed at 20g per day will last 100 days
1 x level 25ml scoop (enclosed) = 10 g
Ginger (Zingiber officinal) root
Crude ash 1.4%
Crude oils and fats <0.5%
Crude fibre 0.4%
Crude protein 22.8%
A feed material for horses. Store in a cool, dry place. Replace lid securely to avoid deterioration of contents. Keep out of reach of children
Gastric ulcers in horses
The prevalence of gastric ulcers in mature horses has been reported as between 58 to 93% of a given population, and racehorses are particularly affected. Horses are prone to gastric ulcers due to modern feeding and management practices. Their stomachs are designed to take in small quantities of fibrous forage almost continuously, with plenty of saliva produced by chewing, and they have an almost continuous production of acid. Without free access to forage, their stomach acid can build up, causing damage to stomach tissue and, eventually, ulcers. In addition, the action of galloping causes acid splashing on the vulnerable, non-glandular upper part of the stomach, due to the increased pressure in the abdomen. Performance horses are often exercised intensively, fed limited forage and high levels of starchy concentrate, with limited or no time spent turned out with other horses, and these are known to be risk factors. As soon as forage is restricted, starchy grain-based diets are fed and horses exercised and kept intensively, they are at risk of gastric ulcers.
Some of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used in horses increase the risk of gastric ulcers, so they should be used with care.
Horses can have ulcers in both the non-glandular upper part of the stomach, and the lower, glandular part, although most are found in the non-glandular area, near the border with the glandular. The term EGUS (equine gastric ulcer syndrome) is a term used to describe ulcers in the bottom of the throat, both areas of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. Gastric ulcers cause pain and discomfort and can lead to poor performance and poor utilisation of the diet. Very severe ulcers can cause stomach rupture. Effective drug treatments are available, but they do not alter the cause of the problem and should ideally only be used short term.
Prevention of gastric ulcers in horses
Horses should be managed in such a way to reduce the risk of gastric ulcers, with plenty of forage, limited starch intake, forage available before hard work, socialization and ideally, turnout to pasture. Continuous access to forage is best for stabled horses, but where it has to be restricted, it should be fed in several portions to avoid more than 4 hours fasting. Horses at risk should also be given free access to water both in the stable and at pasture, which seems to help reduce the risk.
All horses at risk of gastric ulcers should be fed a stomach-supporting supplement to help their stomach health.