Ulcers in the Equine Athlete

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS), commonly called ulcers, in horses has become prevalent in today’s performance horse industry. A research study in 2011 showed the prevalence of squamous gastric ulcers in horses during the competition season was 93%. Is your horse at risk?





Warning Signs

Frequent Colic
Sensitive to the Touch
Lack of Appetite
Weight Loss
Behavioral Issues
Poor Coat
Decrease in Performance


Risk Factors

High Perfromance/Stress
High Starch Meals
Minimal Forage
6+ Hours in Between Feedings
Decreased Turnout
Changes in Routine




A Guide to Avoiding Ulcers in Horses

Horse Grazing

Appropriate Diet

Provide low-starch, high forage meals.

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Consistent Schedule

Feed 3-4 meals in a day to reduce the amount of starch per meal and decrease the amount of time the stomach is left empty.

Stressed Horse

Decrease Stress

Provide regular turnout and exercise while at competition and reduce any anxieties in their daily life.

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Preventative Supplement

Feed a research-proven supplement, like Vitalize Alimend, to help prevent ulcers and soothe the stomach lining.




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Vitalize Alimend


Vitalize® Alimend®

Provides 24/7 stomach comfort and relieves equine gastric issues commonly associated with training, traveling, and performance without altering stomach pH or hindering digestion.

  • Vitalize® Alimend® is a unique blend of: MHB3® Hyaluronan, H. erinaceous (Lion’s mane) extract, and AO-Biotics®
  • A natural product that helps heal and protect without altering stomach pH.
  • Safe for routine and continuous use in all types of horses.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Ian Miller Ian Miller
Millar Brooke Farm
10-time Olympic Show-Jumper


Vitalize® Alimend® is the real deal. We started with it because one of my daughter’s horses had chronic stomach issues and we got a dramatic result. It is the complete package for gastrointestinal digestive health, and a product like Alimend can go a long way helping you and your horse stay healthy and comfortable."





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  • Gastric ulcers are lesions on the horse's stomach lining and are the most common type of ulcer in the horse.
  • Hindgut or colonic ulcers are lesions located further down the digestive tract in the intestines or "colon" of the horse.
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