Gastroscopy is a technique that uses a long scope to enable us to view the inside of a horse‚Äôs stomach.  To prepare for this horses need to be off food for 8 hours and have water withheld for 30 minutes prior to examination.  The main purpose of this examination tends to be to check for gastric ulceration which can cause poor performance and discomfort in any type of horse.

Clinical signs of gastric ulcers can be very vague.  This is the reason that gastroscopy is the gold standard for diagnosing ulceration.  Speak to us at the Masterton clinic as we can get access to a gastroscope in the Wairarapa region or we can refer you to Palmerston North for an examination.