Fact Sheet – Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)

The following are clinical signs that different studies have found can indicate EGUS.

  • Horse cast or lying on its back
  • Grinding its Teeth
  • Poor Performance
  • Weight Loss and Poor Body Condition
  • Dull or poor coat
  • Colic (Abdominal Pain)
  • Changes in attitude and behaviour
  • Poor Appetite

The only way to absolutely diagnose EGUS is by gastroscopy which is a long endoscope with a light and camera that is passed into the stomach via nostril and eosphogus to identify any ulcerations or damage to the stomach lining.

Treatment of EGUS

 

  1. Feed lots of forage, ie hay, haylage and grass. Horses have to chew forage before swallowing which means they will produce lots of saliva which will balance the acid in the stomach.
  2. Constant turn out has been shown to be very beneficial in preventing future bouts of ulcers as your horse has constant access to forage and stress is minimised.
  3. When stabled, feeding a range of forages is ideal as they leave the stomach at different rates, ensuring there will be some forage in the stomach for most of the time.
  4. Feed a small chaff meal before exercise to decrease acid splash.
  5. Adding vegetable oil to your horse’s feed helps as it slows the rate that food leaves the stomach.

Supplements and Feed

  1. Pro-Equine Ulsa-Soothe available in 5ooml & 1L
  2. Top Spec Ulsakind. Slowly travels through the digestive system.