e-Science : October 2015 Issue 15
Helping horse health Ensuring the welfare of horses and enabling them to perform to the best of their ability is extremely important to horse owners across Australia and worldwide. Within the equine industry, the development of some illnesses is somewhat uncontrollable but the development of others can be controlled by the implementation of correct management practices. One disorder that can be managed is a condition known as equine gastric ulceration syndrome (EGUS), which is characterised by the development of ulcers on the stomach lining. How ulcers develop So how do ulcers form in the horse’s stomach? To understand how ulcers develop, we need to know a little bit of equine anatomy. The equine stomach consists of a single chamber divided into two regions: the glandular region, which is found at the bottom of the stomach and darker pink in colour, and the squamous (or nonglandular) region, which makes up the top of the stomach and is pale pink. These two regions are separated by a line known as the margo plicatus. A view from inside of a horse's stomach. The pale pink section on the left is part of the squamous region. The darker pink section on the right is part of the glandular region.
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