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1 in 3 horses suffer from gastric ulcers

Could your horse have gastric ulcers?

What is Gastoscopy?

Gastroscopy involves passing a long flexible tube with a camera at the end (a gastroscope) down the horse’s oesophagus and into the stomach. This allows the vet to be able to see the lining of the stomach and look for ulcers.

In order to be able to clearly visualise the stomach lining, the stomach needs to be as empty as possible. The most effective and safest way to achieve this is to withhold feed and forage overnight before the gastroscopy procedure. Horses produce far less gastric acid overnight than they do during the day1. This means that the risk of horses developing ulcers overnight is very low. We can take advantage of this for gastroscopy by choosing to carry out the procedure in the morning, enabling horses to be starved the night before.