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Gastric ulcers in horses

Gastric ulcers in horses are one of the most common ailments. Several studies show that 75% of sport horses suffer from mild to severe stomach ulcers. However, the prevalence of gastric ulcers is not only high in sport horses but also in recreational horses, broodmares and even foals are frequently confronted with gastric complications.
Stomach ulcers are caused by the gastric mucosa being damaged by too acidic stomach contents. The stomach acid balance can be brought out of balance by, among other things, too long periods without roughage, a diet too high in grains, and too low saliva production. Horses with peptic ulcers often show a loss of appetite, decreased performance, weight loss, poor coat, and even episodes of colic.