Diagnosing eating related issues

Equine Gastroscopy

As you know, horses can have many issues related to eating, which is why our equine gastroscopy machines are crucial in our diagnostic processes. Gastroscopy is a valuable veterinary tool that uses a flexible video endoscope to examine the equine esophagus and stomach. This uncomplicated procedure is performed while the horse is under light sedation. Sedation is not needed to control pain, but to instead to control the "ticklish" feeling your horse may experience as the small (1 cm) endoscope is passed through their nose. A gastroscope is the only way to accurately diagnose the presence and severity of stomach ulcers in horses.  It can also be used to identify stomach impactions, parasites, tumors and other abnormalities that may be affecting your horse's GI tract.

Stomach ulcers are extremely common and are the second highest cause of poor performance after Lameness.  Do you have a grumpy gelding or a moody mare?  Behavioral issues are often a sign of gastric ulcers.  Gastric ulcers cause chronic pain which leads horses to perform poorly or have a poor attitude under saddle.  This is one of the main reasons we scope horses.  The difference we see in performance and attitude is quite remarkable.

Image of Equine Gastric Ulcers
Gastric Ulcers reported in horses  (AAEP)
25-50%
FOALS
60-90%
FOALS

Treating and Preventing Equine Ulcers

At Countryside, we do not believe in blindly treating horses for ulcers for several reasons. First, we do not want you to invest in an expensive treatment for a horse that does not even have ulcers. Secondly, we don't want to prolong any suffering for the horse. There are several different types and grades of equine ulcers that require different levels and lengths of treatment. We want the best result and outcome for you and your horse. Once your horse is diagnosed, medication and lifestyle changes will be necessary. We are here to guide you through this process, and we will recommend an exercise and feeding program for your horse.

Read more about the importance of diagnosing Ulcers in this recent article from Dr. Dan Carter, ‘Why it’s worth chasing the ulcer diagnosis.”

Did you know horses are designed to be grazers? Frequent intake of roughage aids stomach acids and reduces risk for ulcers.
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The Art of Equine Acupuncture: Let’s get right to the point.

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We wish you a MARE-y Christmas

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Decoding Equine Pain: How to Recognize the Signs

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Focus on Soundness: Strategies for Injury-Free Horses

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5 Feb

The Art of Equine Acupuncture: Let’s get right to the point.

Explore how ancient wisdom meets modern equine health. Learn about acupuncture’s benefits and how it can aid in your horses performance, and well-being.
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3 Jan

Colic Chronicles: What Every Horse Owner Should Know

Explore the depths of colic management and safeguard your horse's well-being. Learn to recognize crucial signs, understand the risks, and become a colic combatant! 🐎💡
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2 Jan

All About Hoof Health

The foundation of a horse’s health is a strong, healthy hoof. Read on for insightful tips and proactive planning to ensure your horse has happy feet all year round.
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6 Dec

We wish you a MARE-y Christmas

From their charming antics to the science behind their estrous cycle, read about managing mare moods, spotting signs of heat, and even balancing hormones with nutrition and supplements. Don't miss this sleigh-full of insights!
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5 Dec

7.2 M Reasons to Celebrate Our Love of Horses

National Day of the Horse is December 13th and we're blogging about the deep emotional connections we share with these magnificent animals, a topic even the NIH is studying. Join us for this captivating read!
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7 Nov

Care Tips for Senior Horses: Ensuring the Comfort of Your Aging Equine Companions

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3 Oct

Understanding Equine Cushing's Disease: What Horse Owners Need to Know

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