Racehorse tongue ties, gastric ulcers under investigation in Aust

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A racehorse with a tongue tie, as well as nasal strips. © Maryland GovPics - Flickr: 139th Preakness Stakes. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Triple Crown winner California Chrome, sporting a tongue tie, as well as nasal strips. © Maryland GovPics – Flickr: 139th Preakness Stakes. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Researchers in Australia are seeking horses for a study into a new treatment equine gastric ulceration syndrome.


The study, conducted by the Equine Health and Performance Centre at the University of Adelaide, is looking into a new treatment for gastric ulcers, and is looking for horses with “high ulcer prevalence” to be part of the research.

Horses will undergo a gastroscopic examination to identify presence of ulceration, and if found, will be treated for 28 days. They will then have another gastroscopic examination to identify any improvement in ulcers.

The trial is free, and all horses will receive a full course of Omogard paste, a once-daily omeprazole treatment.

Contact jordan.bush@adelaide.edu.au for more information.

• The Equine Health and Performance Centre is also conducting a survey on the use of tongue ties in racing in Australia.

The use of tongue-ties is more prevalent in Australia than other countries, and the survey aims to learn why this is the case.

Australian trainers of both thoroughbreds and standardbreds are invited to take the anonymous survey, which will take about 10 minutes.

Tongue tie survey

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