Ulcers can cause many problems for horses

All kinds of horses can be affected by gastric ulceration, from sedate ponies to high performance racehorses, with problems ranging from mild to severe.
All kinds of horses can be affected by gastric ulceration, from sedate ponies to high performance racehorses, with problems ranging from mild to severe.

The Fairmoor Equine Clinic always strives to have a busy diary of events and clinics available to our clients.

June is no exception, with our discounted day dedicated to gastroscoping.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome describes the erosion of the horse’s stomach lining due to prolonged exposure to the acid produced by the stomach.

Gastric ulceration is a serious, yet common, condition that can affect any horse – from the most sedate pony to performance and racehorses.

It is a common under-diagnosed condition in horses, and can cause poor performance, poor condition, weight loss, girthing problems, napping and recurrent colic.

We can now diagnose these definitively by using a 3m long video endoscope, which is passed into the stomach to evaluate the integrity of the lining.

Ulcers can range from mild to very severe, and are graded accordingly.

They can be effectively treated, and recurrence prevented by management strategies.

Treating ulcers can result in a dramatic improvement of your horse’s behaviour and performance.

If you are concerned that your horse may have ulcers, or would like to discuss this treatment with a vet, please ring 01670 897597.

We are offering a discounted Gastroscopy Clinic on Tuesday, June 28, at Fairmoor Equine Clinic.

The cost is £150, including sedation and VAT, kindly sponsored by Norbrook.

Alnorthumbria Vets is a mixed practice that treats all species of domestic animals, and a few wild ones. Within the practice, the vets have developed special interests so there are separate teams dedicated to the care of farm animals, horses and small animals. There are nine centres across Northumberland, from Wooler to Ponteland.