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[RC] Something good about alfalfa - Truman Prevatt

I found the talk on ulcers at the convention very interesting. We all know the negatives of too much alfalfa in the diet of an endurance horse. One of the horses we treated for West Nile last year may have picked up a minor ulcer from the treatment. He first went through the WN treatment and then was treated for an ulcer. So this talk was very timely and very good.

The presenter said that alfalfa is a natural way to buffer the acid in the GI track and any horse with an ulcer of suspected ulcer should get some to buffer the acid and keep the system more basic. Maybe that's why my guys will pass over grass hay and go to the alfalfa on rides. So as always, all things in moderation is the key.


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