Endoscopy allows us to diagnose upper airway abnormalities as well as stomach problems so that we can effectively treat your horse, and improve its performance. 

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Upper airway abnormalities are a well known cause of poor or reduced performance. Many of these conditions are manifested by an "abnormal" noise when exercising, especially at the canter. However, many conditions exist that do not have an abnormal respiratory noise associated with them. 

One of the most common signs of a possible airway problem is a horse which breathes "heavy" during or after work, but is considered to be in excellent shape. 

Did you know that sore backs can actually be a sign of stomach problems?

Signs of possible stomach ulcers include, but are not limited to: 
  • not cleaning up all of their feed at meal time
  • starting off with ravenous appetite but not finishing as strong
  • playing excessively in water buckets
  • colic
  • sore backs
  • poor performance although seemingly fit
  • depression
  • drooling
  • teeth grinding
  • "girthy" horses


Horses to be scoped for ulcers are held off feed from midnight on to allow their stomachs to empty. Feed in the stomach obstructs our view of all possible ulcerated areas. Water is allowed up until 1 hour prior to scoping exam.

All stomach exams are easily performed under mild sedation.

Upper airway exams are NOT performed under sedation as certain drugs will alter upper airway function and not allow proper upper airway function to be evaluated.