Moody mare or grumpy gelding? Struggling to gain weight? Recurrent episodes of colic? These are just some of the symptoms noted from horses diagnosed with gastric ulcer syndrome.

Earlier this year, we started to treat the lovely Boomerang after her owner called the practice concerned about her recent behaviour. Read their story below:

From broken to Blenheim!
How one plucky mare beat ulcers to reach competitive stardom

Local professional groom Shaun is the proud owner of nine-year- old chestnut mare, Boomerang, stable name ‘Boom’.

Early last season the pair were all set to start their competitive season when Shaun noticed a change in Boom's behaviour.

"Boom is generally amazing, but I began to notice that she seemed stressed in her daily life and when I rode she wasn't comfortable at all.

“I felt her performance had dropped off, and as she started to lose weight and condition I knew there must be something wrong, so decided to call my vet.

"They suggested a gastroscopy examination, via a video endoscope, to see if Boom had ulcers - and sure enough she did. She was immediately prescribed a six week course of omeprazole and her behaviour soon changed for the better!

“Since completion of the treatment, Boom has surpassed all expectations and is out and about competing. We did our first BE Novice recently and we flew round which would have been
impossible before her diagnosis.

"I feel like I've got my horse back and we are back and we are out doing what we love again. Now I can think about schooling and competing instead of wondering ‘what's the matter’?”

The pair recently qualified for the BE100 regional final in Skipton and for the Blenheim Palace eventing derby in September.

And Shaun knows that if ever Boomerang loses form again, a simple re-scope and a course of omeprazole should get her back on track.

If you think your horse is suffering from gastric ulcers, please contact the office on 0191 603 1122. We are delighted to be part of a campaign offering one FREE box of peptizole to any horse diagnosed with ulcers. Please note, your horse must not have been scoped for ulcers previously.