Ulcers develop like any open wounds would, says
Andrews, just on the stomach wall. Researchers report that 60-80% of
equine ulcers show up on the non glandular region. They are painful,
similar to a raw skin wound—and especially so when they come in contact
with rough feeds, the facing stomach wall, and, above all, those stomach
acids. And like a skin wound, they’re also subject to secondary
infection with abundant opportunistic bacteria in the equine stomach .
Excess protein, besides being
expensive, is one of the more harmful practices in feeding horses. Too
much protein throws the intestinal tract digestive process out of
balance. Poor digestion and an altered pH are often the result.
Remember, horses are grazing animals, and require little protein
compared to dogs, cats, and people. In the cattle industry, the ill effects of
excess protein have been well studied, yet farmers still feed too much
of it. Excess protein can contribute to ulcers and poor digestion.
Horses are made with the cecum as a fermentation vat to digest fiber,
not excess protein.from
practice of eating clays for digestive upsets is as old as the recorded
history of mankind, and as new as the practice of taking Kaopectate,
which contains kaolin clay!.
Animals will instinctively search out clay
deposits in the wild, to soothe digestion and to act as a natural acid
buffer and detoxifier. A PhD student at the University of California at
Davis, James Gilardi (now the director of the World Parrot Trust)
extensively studied Amazon parrots and found that they ate the clay
cliffs in the region to detox themselves from the cyanide in the seeds
that they often ate.
The very small clay particles have a negative
charge and most of the toxic plant chemicals have a positive charge, a
perfect match! He found that the soils did a great job of binding to
toxic alkaloids, which then pass through the digestive system and are
never absorbed into the blood of the birds. He also found evidence that
the clay coats the inside of the digestive system and protects it from
being "tanned" by the tannins and other toxic plant chemicals.
As a bonus, clays may act as a natural anti parasite
substance. Clay is a highly paramagnetic substance, with a very high pH.
Intestinal worms are diamagnetic in resonance, and require a more
acidic pH in order to thrive.
You will never find earthworms present in a
heavy clay soil. Wild horses have been observed to ingest clay soils
when their fecal tests show high levels of parasitism. Subsequent fecal
tests done by researchers following the herds show resolution of the
parasite infestation, corroborated by increases in weight and coat
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