Gastric Ulceration in Horses
The role of Bacteria and Lactic Acid
by Rafat Al Jassim, Thomas McGowan, Frank Andrews and Catherine McGowan
Pages: 34 pages
Publisher: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
Edition: 1st., No. 08/033, 2008
ISBN: 978- 1741516226
Gastric ulceration is widespread and a very common problem in horses in training. When it occurs in
horses, gastric ulceration is a potential insidious cause of poor athletic performance or, when severe,
an animal welfare concern. It is widely accepted that this is a problem resulting from feeding and
management practices, especially in racehorses where the prevalence is extremely high. Racehorses
are fed large meals of grain rich diets and with extended periods of fasting between meals. This
combined with increased gastric acid production during exercise, reduction in saliva production due to
a low fibre diet, and indoor confinement, is likely to contribute to the development of stomach ulcers.