Poll

Taking Care of Our Elders

What senior horse health condition are you most concerned about?

Equine Cushing's disease (pituitary pars intermedia disfunction, or PPID)
22%
178
Arthritic joints
46%
374
Weight loss
17%
142
Dental problems
11%
88
Other (please explain below)
4%
32

Total votes cast: 814

Comments & Write-in Answers

Old injuries catching up with us

4/15/2013 9:58:01 PM

Arthritis is my current concern, however Cushing's was top for my mare she passed in 2010

4/15/2013 6:22:37 PM

Arthritic joints are the most difficult

4/15/2013 3:29:39 PM

all of the above and that I won't have the money to pay vet bills

4/15/2013 3:28:15 PM

My soon-to-be 25 buddy is kept comfortable and "loose" with the help of his veterinarian.

4/15/2013 11:23:07 AM

and dental issues

4/15/2013 6:24:08 AM

My 35 year old OTTB is very difficult to keep weight on.

4/15/2013 4:14:46 AM

lack of appropriate feeds for horses over 40

4/15/2013 1:20:56 AM

Fertility

4/14/2013 4:29:29 PM

EMS, Insulin resistance, DSLD/ESPA, Cushings

4/14/2013 4:27:43 PM

colic

4/14/2013 3:09:15 PM

EOTRH syndrome kills your older horse with pain and starvatiun. It is treatable. Google it.

4/14/2013 3:04:49 PM

Each animal is an unique & evaluate as such

4/14/2013 10:52:09 AM

chronic low grade colic

4/14/2013 8:52:25 AM

Sweet itch and dermatitis

4/14/2013 8:40:28 AM

My 32-yr-old horse is arthritic in 3 legs. Talk about 3 feet in the grave...

4/14/2013 1:47:20 AM

the outragous cost for treating Cushings will result in many not being treated and suffering.n

4/13/2013 5:32:07 PM

Joints and teeth

4/13/2013 11:09:13 AM

all of the above, it all about keeping my guy healthy

4/13/2013 7:29:20 AM

It can affect horses of any age and is basically irreversible. My bête noir for sure.

4/13/2013 3:23:56 AM

ride in the mountains, hard on joints

4/12/2013 10:20:26 PM

laminitis

4/12/2013 10:09:16 PM

malignant melanomas

4/12/2013 7:46:00 PM

Already have problem with a mare we just bought. Former w. pl. and reiner :(

4/12/2013 7:10:04 PM

Just found out my 20 yr old mare is in early stages of Cushings. Hope she'll eat the Praecend!!!

4/12/2013 5:57:27 PM

Neurological diseases

4/12/2013 5:36:13 PM

the safe health of any senior issue is important I have seen more PPID in "younger" horses

4/12/2013 9:32:15 AM

A combination of all named factors, plus potentially decreased ability to absorb/utilize nutrients.

4/12/2013 7:20:57 AM

have an older pony opinion is she has cushings no clinical symptom except long hair other causes?

4/12/2013 6:16:14 AM

Arthritis is nonreversable, chronically painful and can be very hard to keep the horse comfortable.

4/12/2013 4:08:24 AM

Have had 3 probably because I keep them for life.

4/12/2013 3:57:52 AM

It is a complicated disease that is difficult to treat and manage

4/11/2013 11:21:41 PM

I have two horses over 23 years.. all with good teeth.

4/11/2013 10:54:50 PM

consistent diarhyia

4/11/2013 10:26:53 PM

muscle, weight and overall decline in stamina and energy.

4/11/2013 9:05:55 PM

All of the above

4/11/2013 4:48:03 PM

Increased chances for colic.

4/11/2013 2:49:22 PM

cyst in navicular bone and almost no heel growth

4/11/2013 1:20:52 AM

All of the above along with uveitis

4/10/2013 8:33:57 PM

Have a 22 YO TB who is sound and refuses to retire, going in the dressage ring this year

4/10/2013 2:05:34 PM

My 23yr old mare has cataracts which are worsening. Losing her sight was the cause of a bad fall.

4/10/2013 12:01:41 PM

Choosing the best vaccinations and dewormers are top priority here.

4/10/2013 11:37:03 AM

All of the above! Have all younger horses now, want them to be healthy well into their golden years.

4/10/2013 10:51:38 AM

Lameness from thin, flat front soles

4/10/2013 9:43:08 AM

The toxic environmental chemtrails being dumped on us.

4/10/2013 9:00:06 AM

The other conditions are manageable but Cushings with its complexity will get them in a short a time

4/10/2013 7:01:56 AM

trying so hard with my very fussy 33 yr old horse--but not really getting any more condition on him.

4/10/2013 6:05:21 AM

Colic

4/10/2013 12:38:24 AM

Any info on Thrive an equine feed

4/9/2013 11:30:59 PM

The damp climate where I live makes arthritis worse, so we do have to pay attention to this.

4/9/2013 10:25:49 PM

I am taking measures to prevent this.

4/9/2013 9:30:44 PM

although my senior 32+ years had weight loss, she was not in pain

4/9/2013 8:14:07 PM

Arthritis-1 senior ex-racehorse & 1 senior jumper

4/9/2013 8:04:03 PM

Other-Making sure I have a plan in place for my horse's retirement care and dignified end

4/9/2013 7:40:23 PM

actually all of the above

4/9/2013 7:26:12 PM

laminitis

4/9/2013 7:02:56 PM

As well as arthritic joints - my horse's cushings is well managed right now but it change in a hurry

4/9/2013 6:35:28 PM

They all concern me. Have a 22yr.old with IR.Very careful what I let him eat and how much.

4/9/2013 6:13:13 PM

seizures in my 27 year old horse . He has been having them for the last 3 years about 3 to 4 months

4/9/2013 6:13:11 PM

and Arthritic Joints I have two senior horses, one Arthritic, one hard keeper.

4/9/2013 6:06:50 PM

Often, apparent weight loss can be concern where horses can be seen from roads

4/9/2013 3:09:19 PM

founder

4/9/2013 1:55:16 PM

bladder stones

4/9/2013 1:45:39 PM

PPID and arthritic joints

4/9/2013 12:19:25 PM

lack of tooth in my over age 30 horses

4/9/2013 12:10:46 PM

Arthritis concerns me the most. Both of my horses had rough lives before me . I'm being proactive.

4/9/2013 11:52:56 AM

My senior horse still actively competes, so keeping joints comfortable is most important for me.

4/9/2013 8:02:59 AM

Any problem that causes pain or significant loss of quality of life

4/9/2013 1:27:00 AM