See the latest news about equine stomach ulcers in horses and the only proven prevention and treatment – ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole).


Could you be missing the signs of equine stomach ulcers?

Sometimes a training ride or a show doesn’t go well. You wonder, “Is my horse just having a bad day?” Equestrians are often quick to place blame on a variety of causes, from the weather and the environment to the horse’s athletic ability or even their own riding errors. One potential cause to consider – equine stomach ulcers...

What Affects Stride Length?

No matter the discipline in which you compete, your horse’s stride length is important. Longer strides mean faster times, bigger jumps and prettier movement. To get that edge, horse owners often focus on muscle conditioning and joint health. Another key area in which to focus performance horse management is digestive health, specifically equine stomach ulcers...

So Much Acid

When horses are fed meals, especially concentrates containing cereal grains that are passed through the stomach more quickly than roughage, there are likely to be times during the day or overnight when the stomach is empty of feed material but is still producing strong gastric acid…

Reining Trainer Uses Care When Bringing Along Young Horses

Once Sebastian Petroll arrived from Germany in 2001, it didn't take long for him to become a household name in reining circles. In fact, since then, not only has he captured multiple Level 1 and 2 titles and become a sought-after trainer, but he's also earned his National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) judge's card and most recently was named to the NRHA Board of Directors and the Stewards Committee.

What's led to his arena success and the recognition by his peers? Petroll trains his horses for longevity and has developed a reputation for having horses that last. "These Futurity and Derby horses are just two-year-olds when we start them – and keeping that in mind for every aspect of training is really important," Petroll says. "We want them strong – mind and body – not just for their Futurity and Derby years, but for a really long time."

Equine Stomach Ulcers: A Threat to Horses of All Ages

Q. I have several young horses in my care that aren't in training yet. Is it possible for them to get equine stomach ulcers?

A. You're smart to ask that question. We often think our young horses are immune to equine stomach ulcers because they aren't often exposed to the stressors that we know can contribute to the development of ulcers. Those stressors are more often associated with the kinds of activities we do with competing horses such as training, traveling and trailering.

What to Expect from a Pre-Purchase Examination

Ready to make an offer on the horse of your dreams and ride off into the sunset? Or perhaps go win that championship ribbon you've been pursuing for so long? Wait – before signing the check, call a veterinarian for a pre-purchase examination. Why spend several hundred to more than a thousand (depending on the number of radiographs) on a pre-purchase examination, especially if you're familiar with the horse and its owner or trainer?

Acupuncture: When Is This Alternative Medicine Practice Right for Your Horse?

When you think of acupuncture, you probably think of needles and pain. You may even be a bit skeptical about the practice and its effectiveness. However, there may be a place for acupuncture in your horse's health protocol. We asked Megan Green, DVM, Manager, Equine Large Animal Veterinary Services, Merial, and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist some questions about acupuncture and when it might be considered appropriate.

Caring for Your Equine Athlete During Long Shows

With several of the equine industry's largest shows scheduled in the next several months, we went to the experts to get some tips about how to help your equine athlete stay healthy during long shows. Dr. Greg Byrne of Equine Veterinary Services PLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., whose team provides veterinary care at 15 horse shows annually in seven states and Canada, gave us some insight. Common problems that are encountered at equestrian events can be broken down into two broad categories - medical problems and musculoskeletal problems.

Cold Weather Barn Management Tips from Dover Saddlery

Frigid temperatures and winter storms inevitably bring challenges to daily barn chores and your efforts to maintain healthy horses. But if you take the time to prepare while temperatures are still warm, you'll be well equipped for an easier winter. Here is a checklist of cold weather barn management tips compiled from Dover Saddlery's own experienced equestrians. We hope you find them helpful!

Make the Call: Laminitis 911 and the First Veterinary Examination

Your horse is lame. Very lame. It's time to call the vet. What happens next? You've been watching your horse closely. At first you weren't sure; maybe he was just stiff. But this morning you know something more than that is wrong. You had to pull him out of his stall. He didn't want to turn around to be clipped into the crossties. He's shifting his weight. When he does walk, he looks like he's leaning back on his heels.

Top Quarter Horse Trainer Knows the Value of Preventive Equine Health Care

When Pete Kyle, of Kyle Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, starts planning his competition year, like any good trainer, he considers multiple variables – his amateur rider's goals, the individual horse's current level of training, conditioning time and show scheduling. While all of those are important, there's another – keeping his show string healthy throughout the entire show season.

Merial Employee Spotlight – Lyndsey Jordan

Many of the people behind the scenes at Merial are horse people just like you. Meet Lyndsey Jordan, an Equine Specialist covering Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Ohio. She loves combining her passion for horses with her career representing Merial brands. Riding since before she could walk, Lyndsey began showing in reining when she was 10 years old, and won her first Quarter Horse World Championship at 13 – and that was just the beginning.

It's Show Season. Bring Your A-Game.

Long hours in the saddle……trailering to lessons……scrimping and saving to pay for show fees……cleaning tack……body clipping……polishing hooves. The preparation work for the first show of the season is time-consuming and sometimes tedious. But equine enthusiasts around the country could not imagine spending their time doing anything else right now – that show is right around the corner.

Think Twice Before Vaccinating a Horse Yourself: Playing Veterinarian May Not be Worth the Risk

Let's face it, horse ownership can be expensive! So it's no surprise that horse owners everywhere are looking for ways to pinch pennies. But not using a veterinarian to administer vaccines is not the place to cut back. Megan Green, DVM, manager, Equine and Large Animal Veterinary Services, Merial, explains the reasons why.

New Educational Videos Provide Important Equine Stomach Ulcer Information

With two out of three competitive horses suffering from equine stomach ulcers1, horse owners need access to important information about:

  • Understanding how ulcers occur
  • Recognizing the clinical signs of ulcers
  • Preventing and treating ulcers
  • Knowing which products are effective

Now, this information is available in a new series of three easy-to-understand videos.

Compounding Pharmacies – The Real Truth
Courtesy of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Bart Barber, DVM

"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health (and) the relief of animal suffering. …"
–Veterinary oath

The ability of the veterinarian to relieve animal suffering has made enormous advances in the past 50 years. Our understanding of disease processes, the development and refinement of surgical techniques and our diagnostic abilities have been vastly improved over recent decades. Imagine what James Herriot would think of digital radiography or MRI. It's a great day to be a veterinarian!

Watch to Win and Learn About Equine Stomach Ulcers

Horse owners, trainers and veterinarians have a chance to win prizes while educating themselves on equine stomach ulcers. And with prizes that help address everyday challenges like safe travel, monitoring stalls and measuring heart rates, learning has never been more rewarding.

Making Wins Memorable
Custom-designed Pieces a Labor of Love

When Judy Wagner of Montana Silversmiths has the privilege of presenting a championship buckle, she says it sends shivers down her spine.

"I can see in people's eyes how much these buckles mean to them," she says. "They are valued possessions. They epitomize hard work, dedication and passion. And they make a statement: 'This is not for sale.'"

Champions Share Their Winning Strategies
Work Behind the Scenes Leads to Show Ring Success

Rose garlands, silver buckles and trophies worthy of mantle space. No matter the breed, discipline or level of expertise, competitive riders all strive for one thing: winning.

But what does winning mean? It's different for everyone. Maybe winning is finally beating a horse that has always placed above yours. Maybe it's mastering a specific movement. Maybe it's beating your fastest time or having a clear round.

New Video Focuses on Behind the Scenes Winning in the Show Ring Takes Dedication, Hard Work

Dressage. Barrel racing. Western Pleasure.
Quarter Horse. Warmblood. Arabian.
Texas. Florida. Virginia.

No matter the discipline, breed or geographic area, competitive horse people have one thing in common – they want to win.

What Do Recent FDA Warnings to Equine Stomach Ulcer Product Manufacturers Mean?

In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to multiple marketers of products claiming treatment of equine stomach ulcers, including:

    • Horse Gold, Inc. – GastroMax3
    • HorsePreRace – Omeprazole Oral Paste, Omeprazole/Rantidine Oral Paste
    • Tri-Star Equine – Gastrotec
    • Douglas J. Gordon, Teton Equine – UlcerCure OTC
    • Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. – Gastroade Xtra
    • Ceva Animal Health Pty Ltd. – Omoguard Paste
    • Abler, Inc. – AbGard, Abprazole, Abprazole Plus, Abler Omeprazole
    • Multivet USA, Inc. – Gastro37 OTC

Get 100 Percent – Your Horse's Health Depends on It

As a horse owner, you want the best health care possible for your horse – and in turn, you want your horse to give 100 percent effort. But are the products you are giving your horse 100 percent of what they claim to be?

Recently, horse owners using some alleged equine ulcer prevention or treatment products have been unpleasantly surprised to learn the ingredients in some products just didn't add up to their label claims. This information came to light when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested them. In fact, one of the products, Gastroade Xtra, only contained 36.3 percent of the label claim.1 Another, Omeprazole Oral Paste, was tested and found to be sub-potent at just 68.1 percent of the label claim.2

Merial Adds More Horsepower
Even More Committed to Equine Health Care

At Merial, we have always been committed to providing horse owners with the tools they need to keep their horses in peak health. These tools not only include a line-up of premium products, but also educational resources. Now, we are even better able to respond to horse owners' needs with the addition of LEGEND® (hyaluronate sodium) and MARQUIS® (15% w/w ponazuril), two proven and FDA-approved products.

Whoa! Do you know if your product adds up?

Competing with your horse is a team effort. You give 100 percent. You want your horse to give 100 percent. That's what it takes to win. But what if the equine health care product you choose is only giving 27 percent?

Victory in the Show Ring
How Equine Competitors Prepare to Win

What does winning look like to you? The answer varies among riders of all breeds, disciplines and levels of expertise. Winning can happen when you get the perfect lead change, when you complete a courseor when you finally earn a blue ribbon.

Equine Health Care Savings Made Easy
Website Offers Rebates on Newly Acquired Products

With the additions of LEGEND® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution and MARQUIS® (15% w/w ponazuril) Antiprotozoal Oral Paste to its equine health care product portfolio, Merial is continuing its commitment to providing horse owners with the products necessary for maximum equine health.

Merial Employee Spotlight:
Meet the Faces — and Horses — at Merial

Kelley Mundrick, Associate Communications Manager: Read More About Kelley

What Horse Owners Need to Know about Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

For horse owners, optimal equine health is everything. Whether a horse has a rigorous competition schedule, is a working ranch horse or is used for pleasure, day-to-day well-being is a top priority.

The Prescursor — Subclinical Synovitis

Stiffness and lameness, clinical signs associated with osteoarthritis (OA),1 are all too common in the world of equine sports medicine. One of the earliest changes in the joints of athletic horses, often related to repetitive trauma, is synovitis, which may eventually lead to osteoarthritis1. The onset of synovitis may be insidious and occurring at a subclinical level — prior to horses showing overt clinical signs.

Merial Introduces New Rewards Program
MAX, Merial Awards Xpress™ — the innovative rewards program that puts money back into the pockets of loyal Merial customers.

Duluth, Ga. – August 2015 – Keeping animals healthy is as important to Merial as it is to its customers. That's why the new MAX, Merial Awards Xpress™ Rewards program is proud to offer an easy way to do just that while saving customers money.

Merial — The Performance Horse Company

A recent survey reported that nearly 60 percent of horse owners or managers view their horse as a performance partner1.

Unapproved Ulcer Products Are Just Bad Medicine

Recognizing signs of equine stomach ulcers is familiar to Carolyn Littel, VMD, an equine veterinarian from Fawn Grove, Pa. Whether it's due to poor performance1, decreased appetite1, recurrent colic1 or poor body condition1, Littel frequently treats horses with ulcers in her area, which is home to many Olympic-caliber performance horses as well as champion race horses.

ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole) Have a New Look with Updated Dosing Instructions

For more than 10 years, veterinarians, horse owners and trainers have trusted ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) for the prevention of equine stomach ulcers1, and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole) for the treatement2 of them. That's because they are the only proven and FDA-approved products for gastric ulcers in horses3.

1 ULCERGARD product label.
2 GASTROGARD product label.
3 U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA Issues Warning Letters for Unapproved Omeprazole Drugs Marketed for Use in Horses. Available at: Accessed September 24, 2015.

Ulcer Prevention - A Winning Strategy for AQHA World Champion

It can happen at any time. One minute you and your horse are winning AQHA World Championships, the next minute your horse is off feed, losing weight, and has an attitude change for the worse.1

1 Equine Gastric Ulcer Council. Recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). Equine Vet Educ. 1999;11:262-272.

Gastroscopy 101
What to expect if your veterinarian suggests a gastroscopic examination

Did you know two out of three non-racing competitive horses have stomach ulcers?1 How do you know if your horse has stomach ulcers? Signs such as poor performance, decreased appetite, recurrent colic or poor body condition2 may point to stomach ulcers, but how do you get a definitive diagnosis?

1 Mitchell RD. Prevalence of gastric ulcers in hunter/jumper and dressage horses evaluated for poor performance. Association for Equine Sports Medicine. September 2001.
2 GASTROGARD product label.

Winning Takes More than Hard Work
Sometimes, having the right combination of hard work and dedication isn’t enough when it comes to winning at an equestrian sport.

Julie Wolfert, international eventer and trainer, talks about how ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole) are contributing factors to her program’s success. She expresses the concern every horse owner faces -- if your horse doesn’t feel well, they’re not going to compete well.

Winning with Happy and Healthy Horses

If you’re a horse person, you know that familiar feeling of walking into the barn and seeing your favorite horse perk up. Keeping your horse happy means keeping your horse healthy. In this video, hear from AQHA trainers who don’t let equine stomach ulcers stand in their way.

Physics of Synovitis

Performance horses are talented and powerful animals. A reiner can slide to a stop and spin on a dime. A jumper can soar high above an oxer. Regardless of the discipline, there is an awe-inspiring amount of athleticism in today’s performance horses.

This Mother’s Day, Thank Your Show Mom

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate all kinds of moms, but for those in the horse world, it’s a chance to commemorate show moms. In equestrian sports, show moms, even if they aren’t related by blood, play an important role in the success of the horse and rider.

Maintain Joint Health with More Synovial Fluid Production

Joint maintenance and joint care are key to keep training on schedule. Repetitive stress from competition and conditioning, in addition to everyday wear and tear, impacts even the most athletic horses.1 From racehorses to jumpers, every horse is susceptible to joint damage.

1Carmona JU, Prades M. Pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. Compendium Equine. 2009;4:28- 40.

Thank Your Show Dads, The Unsung Heroes

Every June, we celebrate fathers and this year, we pay a special tribute to the horse show dads. Show dads are an extraordinary kind of father or father figure who deserve recognition this Father’s Day.

Merial Launches Ride to Win, A Supportive iPhone Application for Performance Horse Owners

Ride to Win is the newest iPhone application from Merial made specifically for horse owners who train or compete. The app provides one location for users to store everything important to competing and keeping their horses healthy...

Colic or Ulcers?

Unfortunately, some horse owners know the signs of colic all too well. Poor performance, decreased appetite or poor body condition are all signs of ulcers.1 Another possible sign of ulcers? Recurrent colic.1. ...

1 GASTROGARD product label.

It’s true, omeprazole is the only drug that has been shown to effectively heal ulcers. Even more so, it works while the horse continues their regular training and competition schedule.

Merial, Henry Schein and MAI Host Annual EGUS Wet Lab

Duluth, Ga. – Jan. 18, 2017 – Merial, Henry Schein and MAI Animal Health partnered to host the second annual Equine Gastric Health Symposium and Wet Lab prior to the 62nd AAEP Annual Convention...

The Horse at Home is Still at Risk for Ulcers

Now that the show season is at hand, you’re probably aware of your competitive partner’s risk for ulcers. With two out of three performance horses affected,1 it’s as important as ever for horse owners to ensure their equine partners are at the peak health...

1Mitchell RD. Prevalence of gastric ulcers in hunter/jumper and dressage horses evaluated for poor performance. Association for Equine Sports Medicine, September 2001.

On Mother’s Day, We Celebrate All of Our Show Moms

Duluth, Ga. – May 2, 2017 – Last year, Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, excitedly released the Show Moms video, a tribute to all the Show Moms who help make our equestrian dreams a reality. This year, we’re celebrating them again – but in a few new ways...

When Something Just Isn’t Right
Gastroscopy and fecal egg count tests can provide answers.

You know your horse, so if his behavior or appearance should suddenly change, even in subtle ways, you may recognize it. But what’s causing those changes?

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.
CAUTION: Safety of GASTROGARD in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined. For prescribing information click here.
*When administered for 8 or 28 days, ULCERGARD is proven to effectively prevent gastric ulcers in horses exposed to stressful conditions.
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