1 in 3 horses suffer from gastric ulcers

Can gastric ulcers easily be treated?

Once gastric ulcers develop, changes in feed and stabling alone are usually not sufficient to remedy them. But a vet can treat gastric ulcers, simply and very effectively – eliminating clinical signs and promoting an environment in which ulcers can heal. Horses may be able to train and even compete whilst undergoing treatment.

Can gastric ulcers be prevented?

You can help to reduce the potential for gastric ulcers developing in your horse by:

  • Allowing free-choice access to grass or hay
  • Feeding more frequently to help buffer the acid in their stomach
  • Cutting down on the use of high carbohydrate diets which may increase the risk of gastric ulceration
  • Splitting hay into several smaller hay nets
  • Using preventative treatment at times of greatest risk
  • Allowing access in the stable or visibility to horses that they normally socialise with (a mirror may help here)

Effective medication is also available from your vet, to help reduce the risk of gastric ulcers before a known period of stress - such as transportation - and to help prevent the recurrence of ulcers following treatment.