ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GASTRIC ULCERS IN HORSES
Ingestion of Aloe Vera may help the protective action of gastric mucus against the irritating action of pepsin. Aloe Vera has a soothing effect because it comprises numerous polysaccharides which are chemically very similar to the natural protective mucous membrane of the stomach.
Aloe Vera inhibits excessive gastric secretion by the gastric mucosa. This property is attributed to the anti-histamine action of Aloe Vera. Empirical evidence suggests that Aloe Vera does not neutralise the acid, but goes back to the cause of overproduction of gastric acid.
Aloe Vera may also overcome acidic levels in the stomach which are too low. Aloe Vera is bacteriostatic (stops bacteria from reproducing) and therefore helps to prevents the growth of bacteria responsible for the stomach ulcers. In view of the persistent nature and tendency of re-occurrence of this bacteria and ultimately reoccurring ulcers, administering Aloe Vera daily can support and assist this common problem in horses.
Clinical Trial using Aloe Vera for Race Horses
For issues such as gastric ulcers, skin problems, infections etc increase dose to 300-400ml per day (depending on size of horse), results can take a few days to several weeks depending on animal conditioning and ailment severity.