EquiMed Referrals has a modern, portable, digital, 3 metre endoscope that enables full visualisation of the entire stomach and the proximal duodenum whatever the size of the horse.

Stomach ulcers can affect all ages and breeds of horse and those participating in all disciplines, from elite racehorses and competition animals to pleasure horses and ponies. There are many known risk factors for the development of ulcers, including feed restriction, feeding concentrates, exercise, transport and stress. However, in some horses, ulcers can develop for unknown reasons, even in those that are not in work and kept at grass.

The signs of stomach ulceration are very variable and differ from horse to horse. They range from a picky appetite or 'poor doer', poor coat, weight loss and low grade colic to more subtle signs such as a grumpy temperament, resentment of the girth, refusing to go forwards from the leg, poor 'trainability' and poor performance.

Gastroscopy is the most effective method for diagnosing stomach ulcers as it enables direct visualisation of the stomach lining. This makes it possible to determine the number, severity and location of any ulcers, which also allows the most appropriate treatment to be prescribed. 

Gastroscopy requires a 3 metre long endoscope to get all the way to the bottom of the stomach. The images are displayed live on a screen for immediate assessment and can be recorded for future reference. The equipment used by EquiMed Referrals is completely portable, allowing gastroscopies to be performed at your stable and eliminating the necessity to travel your horse to a clinic.

 

  

            Left: Normal lining of the stomach, showing the pale squamous lining at the top and the dark pink glandular mucosa on the bottom.

            Right: Ulcers in the squamous region of the stomach