What is Scoping?
Scoping (aka gastroscopy) is an important tool for detection of gastric (stomach) ulcers and their location within the stomach. Scoping allows us as horse owners to rule out or identify gastric ulcers as a cause of behavioural or physical signs we are seeing in our horses. It is also used for monitoring the effectiveness of gastric ulcer treatment and/or management changes implemented to reduce the role risk factors play in gastric ulcers.      

Why do we fast our horses before Scoping?
Prior to scoping, most veterinarians will request that horses need to be fasted for no less than 12 hours. Read on to learn more about why this occurs and what we can do to help. 

Apart from being a word that strikes fear into the heart of every horse owner, colic is the term used to describe any abdominal pain seen in horses. It is non-specific, meaning that it can be related to the stomach, small intestine, hindgut or be unrelated to the gut altogether – as in the case of bladder stones (uroliths).

It’s important to work with your vet to try and identify the cause of a colic episode. If necessary, you can then make changes to your horse’s management or diet, to reduce the risk of future episodes.

Most colic cases are gut-related and many diet-related risk factors have been identified.

So what are the common diet-related risk factors for colic in horses?


Your horses gut is like a castle

Gut Health Educational Series



  • Feeding for gut health
  • 5 tips for maintaining horse gut health during drought
  • How To Feed So Your OTT Blooms


  • Digestive EQ: A Preliminary Field Evaluation
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