Equine Gastric Ulcer

The stomach muscle Connection

Do you know

  1. What Causes Ulcer in Horses?
  2. The Signes of Ulcer in Adult Horses?
  3. The Signs of Ulcer in Foals?
  4. How to Treat Ulcers and what Product to Use?

1. What causes ulcers in horses?

  • High level of concentrated fooder
  • (high mixutres of grain, syntetic vitamins, concentrated minerals and perservatives in various form of texture e.u. pellets)
  • Diet and feeding management
  • Allergic reactions
  • Stress
  • Improper use of NSAID mecicine
  • (such as bute-phenylbutazone and banamineflunixin megalumine)
  • Improper use of steroids
  • Improper use of antibiotics
  • Improper use of worming drugs
  • Bile and acid reflux

2. The Signes of Ulcer in Adult Horses?

The first symptom of stomach problems starts most often in the right side.

  • Stiff neck and shoulder muscles
  • Problems with the carpal joints in the frontlegs and knees in the hindlegs.
  • Tension in the groins

After the horse develop a stomach ulcer the symptoms become more noticable.

  • Poor and dull coat
  • Colic
  • Sluggishness in the muscles
  • Poor aprtite
  • Weight loss
  • Significant increases in the production of saliva, or dry mouth
  • Swollen glands under the jawbone
  • Thyroid gland problem
  • Low iron value

Here at the right you can see the muscles connected to the stomach by the nerve system and how the musles work.

3. The Signs of Ulcer in Foals?

Research shows that very yang foals have symptoms of, or have develop gastric ulcers. The foal is often feed with pellets and that type of feeding starts an allervic reaction and different kind of symptoms starts.

  • Diarrhoea
  • Colic.
  • Poor growth
  • Dull coat
  • Pott belly
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Excesssive salvation
  • Interupted nursing
  • Swollen glands under the jawbone
  • Low iron value

Also, the foal can show symptoms of thyroid problems and a reduced immune defence system. The foal may also react very badly to vaccinatons because of reducted immune defence system.

4. How to Treat Ulcers and what Product to Use?

How to Treat Ulcers and what Product to Use

  • What to look for when selecting a product is:
  • One that will heal the ulcer without side effects
  • One that can be used on foals


  • Heals ulcer
  • Give a positiver result on the horse condition after a *few days
  • Works very well on foals
  • All natural with


  • Various anti-ulcer medication strategies exist
  • Most will decrease production of gastric acid or neutralize it in the stomach

* If the horse already been on drugs we recommend a weanling period.

Feed Your Horse GASTROFOR

  • When You Change Fodder
  • When the Horse is going to pasture or comming from pasture
  • With loss of apetite
  • When the Horse is diagnosed inflammed mucus epitelium
  • When the Horse is diagnosed gastric ulcer
  • When the Horse have low HB
  • When you feed the horse pellets, blending of grains, corn or oil
  • When you will give Your Horse a chance to recover from a *Natural Product without side effects

* If the horse already been on drugs we recommend a weanling period.


1 kg and 4 kg

The vitamins and minerals in Gastrofor/Gastromin are known to neutralize stomach acidity, normalize the enzyme activity, strengthen the stomach lining and prevent the occurrence of gastritis and peptic ulcer. Gastric motility and emptying rate is stimulated by nutritional balance and reduces the load on the stomach's nerves.

Active Substances:  Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Phosphate, Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid.

Calcium Carbonate works like an anti-acid which neutralizes stomach acid and raises the ph level to 7.

Magnesium phosphate is especially useful for curbing gastric disturbances—gas, flatulence, and belching.  It also counteracts cramps and colic.

Calcium carbonate and Magnesium Phosphate work well together and are important for controlling nerve to muscle impulses.

Niacin (B3) is important for cell respiration.  It helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins; and it promotes normal function of bile and stomach fluids.  Niacin is known to have a healthy effect on the nervous system and to produce an anti inflammatory effect.  It is absorbed through the stomach and small intestine.

Pyridoxine (B6)  boosts the immune system.  It is necessary for the normal breakdown or metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  It is essential for the production of red blood cells and for proper absorption of B-12.  (Some conditions, including diarrhea, intestinal problems, and stress or injury, may increase the need for Pyridoxine)

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) promotes healthy cell development, normal tissue growth, and the repair and strengthening of the walls of the capillaries.  It has a positive effect on the immune system and allergies and acts as a natural antihistamine.


In their influence on the stomach peristaltic, these active substances perform as a catalyst for the syntheses of amino acid Lysine and as a natural anti-histamine.

These active substances combine to bring a quick reaction to the hyper-active production of gastric acid.  Many of our customers report that they can see the horse’s improved condition after 3 days.

When a horse’s stomach becomes swollen and inflamed, the horse is likely to lose its appetite and experience pain in the abdomen.  These active ingredients will not only counteract such symptoms but can reduce the risk of gastric ulcers.

The best way to prevent digestive problems in your horse is to feed and water it properly and to avoid conditions that cause stress.  Regular daily use of these ingredients as part of your horse’s diet can keep it healthy.

Endoscopic Examination done by The University of Florida

Picture of a client’s horse that had an Endoscopic examination done by the University of Florida. The horse was diagnosed with gastric ulcers. The horse’s feeding program was changed and the horse began treatment with Gastrofor.

The picture is of the same horse after being treated with Gastrofor for 35 days. You can see the healing process has definitely begun to take place.

The picture is of the same horse with a completely healed stomach. The only product used was Gastrofor. At this point, the horse was back in full training, had not been treated for approximately 60 days, and continued to be free of gastric ulcers

The Product Used

The only product used was Gastrofor. These active substances combine to bring a quick reaction to the hyper-active production of gastric acid.  Many of our customers report that they can see the horse’s improved condition after 3 days.

The Stomach Muscle Connection

1. m. Brachiocephalicus

  • Fixed head
  • -draws leg forward, upward
  • -extends shoulder joint
  • Fixed leg
  • -bends neck forward
  • -bends head and neck sideways
  • -extends head
  • Standstill
  • -extends elbow

2. m. Multifidus

  • -in bilateral action extends neck
  • -in unilateral action bends -neck laterally and rotates it 

3. m. Trapezius

  • Pars cervicalis                 
  • -draws limb cranially
  • -draws limb caudally and abducts it
  • Pars thoracica
  • draws scapula caudally and abducts it
  • - elevates neck (fixed leg)
  • Joint action
  • - draws scapula forward and upward

4.m. triceps brachii

  • - extends elbow joint
  • - flexes shoulder joint
  • Standstill
  • - fixates elbow joint
  • Important extension muscle.

5. m. Pectoralis

  • -extends elbow joint
  • -flexes shoulder joint