Whist historically associated with performance horses, gastric ulcers are now much more commonly and widely diagnosed in horses of all breeds, types and workload, even those at rest.
There are three main types:
1. Glandular or mucosal ulcers that occur in the lower part of the stomach and are typically associated with stress.
2. Squamous ulcers that occur on the upper part of the stomach and are mainly due to acid splash, more common in working horses.
3. Pyloric ulcers that occur at the junction with the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) and are more likely when the horse has not had access to feed for several hours.
If a horse has been diagnosed with ulcers or is showing signs of digestive discomfort, we would recommend addressing potential underlying causes and applying the following management practices:
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