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Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a medicinal plant that is frequently used to soothe skin irritations. The gel of the inner leaf is also commonly fed to reduce or prevent gastric irritations and ulcers in horses.

Aloe vera gel contains several active ingredients with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial effects. This herbal remedy also stimulates mucous production and influences gastric acid production.


Ulcers are unfortunately very common in horses – especially in performance horses. It is estimated that up to 90% of horses have gastric ulcers.

Gastric ulcers are painful lesions in the stomach lining that can contribute to aggression, girthiness, and poor performance. Ulcers can also lead to other problems including poor nutrient absorption, weight loss and poor coat quality.

Horses evolved to spend the majority of their time grazing for food and consuming high-fibre forages. Therefore, they evolved to constantly produce gastric acid.

However, in modern management practices, horses are more prone to ulcers due to intermittent feeding and/or limited access to forage. This creates periods of time when the stomach is empty and unbuffered acid comes into direct contact with the intestinal wall.

Exercising your horse on an empty stomach can also cause so-called splash ulcers as gastric acid splashes into the upper part of the stomach.

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Aloe Vera for Horses

There are several studies looking at the effects of aloe vera on gastric ulcers in humans, but only one study has investigated the effects of this plant on ulcer recovery in horses.

Horses were enrolled in this study based on clinical signs of ulcers or a previous diagnosis of ulcers. The horses were given either aloe vera gel or omeprazole (4 mg/kg) for approximately 28 days.

The amount of aloe vera gel administered was based on studies in rats that used high doses and showed beneficial effects on gastric health. For the horses, this equated to 35 mg of dehydrated inner leaf powder per kg of body weight per day.

For a 500 kg (1100 lb) horse, this is equivalent to 17.6 grams of inner leaf powder per day which is much higher than manufacturer recommendations of 5 grams per day.

For the horses given aloe vera, there was a 56% rate of improvement in squamous ulcers compared to 85% for the omeprazole group. The rate of healing was 17% for the aloe vera group and 75% for the omeprazole group.

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Thanks to our happy customers for their great report below explaining the beneficial results our Aloe Vera Products 

We have been using Sauls Aloe Vare Gel for our racehorses for the last 6 months. IN this time we have not needed to add in any extra ulcer prevention treatments and their coats look amazing. It is well priced and a quality product that we will continue to use to provide our horses with ongoing good gastric health. – Kim Clothier



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  2. Pagan, J.D. Gastric Ulcers in Horses: A Widespread but Manageable Disease. Aus Equine Vet. 1998.
  3. Borra, S.K. et al. Anti-ulcer effect of Aloe vera in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug induced peptic ulcers in rats. Afr J Pharm Pharmacol. 2011.
  4. Werawatganon, D. et al. Aloe vera attenuated gastric injury on indomethacin-induced gastropathy in rats. World J Gastroenterol. 2014.
  5. Bush, J. et al. Comparison of aloe vera and omeprazole in the treatment of equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Equine Vet J. 2017.
  6. Aloe Vera Australia Aloe Vera Data Sheets