Managing Ulcers in the Competition Horse

Dr. Anna Pesta-Dunaway explains the best ways to manage and prevent ulcers in competition horses in this clip from Ask TheHorse Live.

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Many competition horses experience stressful situations, including frequent travel, longer periods of stabling, and performing in new environments, which can lead to the development of gastric ulcers. Dr. Anna Pesta-Dunaway of Purina details how to manage performance horses with a history of gastric ulcers, and best practices for gastric ulcer prevention in this clip from our Ask The Horse Live podcast episodeCreating a Nutrition Plan For The Competition Horse.” 

About the Expert:

Anna Pesta Dunaway

Dr. Anna Pesta Dunaway,

Dr. Anna Pesta Dunaway, PhD, is a Nutritionist on the Equine Technical Solutions Team at Purina Animal Nutrition. She is responsible for helping to bring innovative solutions from the research team out to the field. She spends most of her time providing technical consultations and support to the sales team on the East Coast, as well as speaking on equine nutrition at horse owner meetings and professional conferences. Anna earned her BS in Animal Science from Kansas State University and received both her MS and PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska. Her graduate research focused on the use of high fat diets and manipulating the microbial community in the gut. Anna resides in Aiken, SC and is a lifelong equestrian with a special interest in the nutrition and development of the future sport horse.


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Haylie Kerstetter, Digital Editor, holds a degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications and a minor in social media marketing. She is a Pennsylvania native and, as a horse owner herself, has a passion for helping owners provide the best care for their horses. When she is not writing or in the barn, she is spending time with her dog, Clementine.

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