1 in 3 horses suffer from gastric ulcers

Could your horse have gastric ulcers?

Signs that your horse may have gastric ulcers

The signs that a horse may be suffering from gastric ulcers can be very difficult to spot. These signs range from very minor changes in a horse’s way of going to more obvious signs such as weight loss and even full blown colic on rare occasions1. Often they can show no signs at all but once treated they may go better or their performance may improve.

Because of how subtle these signs can be, and how many different signs a horse can show, it’s impossible to be able to tell whether a horse has squamous ulcers or glandular ulcers from the symptoms alone. The only way to know if a horse has ulcers and what type of ulcers they have is by gastroscopy1. Once this is known, your vet can advise the best treatment plan.

DIAGNOSING GASTRIC ULCERS

It is important to appreciate that the symptoms of gastric ulcers can be caused by a number of different diseases so it is essential to rule out other causes.