Is there really a connection between keeping my horse in a stall and ulcers?
Research has shown that 87 percent of domesticated horses have gastric ulcers and that stall confinement alone can lead to the development of ulcers. In a 2007 study, 15 normal, healthy horses with no gastric ulcer disease were put into individual stalls, and were given approximately 25 minutes of exercise per day. In this group of 15 horses, 11 developed gastric ulcer disease after only one week.
The first recommendation made as a result of this study is to allow free-choice access to grass or hay, and the second one is to allow the horse social interaction with other horses.
The findings of this study are truly unsettling considering that solitary stall confinement, large infrequent meals, and small amounts of daily exercise are the norm for traditionally kept horses.
But the good news is there is an alternative.
Natural Horse Keeping in a Paddock Paradise system is that alternative.