Gastroscopy involves imaging the inside of the horse’s stomach
and is most commonly carried out in order to diagnose equine gastric
The procedure involves using a 3.5 metre long flexible video
endoscope which allows
visual examination of the stomach lining.
Only sedation is required and most horses tolerate the procedure very well.
Symptoms of gastric ulceration in the horse are often vague and can include:
- Poor performance
- Changes in behaviour or grumpy temperament
- Picky appetite
- Weight loss/ failure to maintain condition
- Girthing pain or resistance to girthing
- Resistance to riding aids
- Poor coat condition
It is important to note
- Horses can display no clinical signs, yet have potentially severe
gastric ulcers when confirmed by gastroscope.
- Clinical signs of stomach ulceration
can often be mistaken for other conditions or a behavioural problem.
Gastroscopy can be carried out at our clinic or at your yard. In either case your horse must
be starved overnight in order to get a good picture of their stomach lining without it being obscured by food material.
Please Contact our practice for more information
- Your horse receives their last feed at 6pm the night before
- They are stabled on inedible bedding (e.g. shavings)
- Hay and feed buckets are removed after last feed
- Water is allowed up until 2 hours prior to the exam.
- No hay net whilst travelling to the clinic