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Of the following, which equine condition or disease is the most concerning to you? (Explain why at the bottom.)

Colic
38%
318
Laminitis
29%
247
Osteoarthritis
8%
66
Infectious diseases (such as equine herpesvirus or West Nile virus)
20%
165
Other (please explain below)
6%
48

Total votes cast: 844

Comments & Write-in Answers

farrier

3/18/2013 11:31:04 PM

Because laminitis is something that is difficult to treat and if unsuccessful,could lead to death.

3/18/2013 11:17:57 PM

I have two horses with laminitis

3/18/2013 10:49:37 PM

OCD in foals

3/18/2013 10:28:13 PM

DSLD

3/18/2013 8:45:53 PM

Summer sores on my Arab gelding are just nonstop every summer and last year they lasted into Nov.

3/18/2013 8:25:57 PM

hi from U.K Laminitis almost an epidemic over here nowadays.rarely ssw it years ago

3/18/2013 8:17:07 PM

I have a horse with EMS.

3/18/2013 7:39:36 PM

We almost lost a horse to Potomac Horse Fever which now appears to be in our valley. Prevention

3/18/2013 7:34:38 PM

Its something that can be caused by many different factors and not just sand in the gut.

3/18/2013 7:27:28 PM

the "unknown" disorder

3/18/2013 6:49:25 PM

As you can loose your horse within a very short space of time, if not seen to straight away.

3/18/2013 6:48:51 PM

All of these plus genetic diseases

3/18/2013 6:36:15 PM

sometimes hard to prevent and treat

3/18/2013 5:36:08 PM

Mu horse has Cushings Disease. I look all over for anything that might help her in addition to meds

3/18/2013 5:29:17 PM

Poor confirmation resulting in joint stress as he ages...particularly in his hind-end.

3/18/2013 5:06:59 PM

I had a QH that had EVH-1 it sneaks up on you and you can't do anything about it

3/18/2013 4:43:31 PM

Just lost a great horse to chronic laminitis, nothing worked. Did all we could.

3/18/2013 4:34:39 PM

There is no reversing the effects of this disease....

3/18/2013 4:30:12 PM

sarcoids- I have a gelding with them

3/18/2013 4:14:47 PM

because my horse lives in a west nile region

3/18/2013 4:00:51 PM

EVH-1

3/18/2013 3:49:30 PM

because its much harder to prevent than some other fatal diseases.

3/18/2013 3:35:17 PM

all of the above! my horses are geting older and have been very healthy all their lives

3/18/2013 2:58:56 PM

PSSM & HYPP - they are dominant genetic diseases and folks can down play the seriousness of both.

3/18/2013 1:06:28 PM

Colic can be caused easily, isn't always specific as to issue, can kill. This is my biggest worry.

3/18/2013 12:40:52 PM

Diarrhea - difficult to diagnose exact cause, leads to dehydration if not checked

3/18/2013 12:26:05 PM

EPM career ending, unpreventable and heartbreaking

3/18/2013 11:53:13 AM

Flooded, mud, in on hay, restricted grazing, restricted routine!

3/18/2013 11:03:46 AM

have lost three beloved horses from colic

3/18/2013 10:08:50 AM

OSTEOCHONDROSIS-The predisposition disease that will kill horse racing.

3/18/2013 9:12:07 AM

Very devious condition as horses diff pain t/hold. Good management is a given and often why takes so

3/18/2013 8:31:24 AM

Obesity. Much more likely for my easy keeper and leads to a whole host of other problems.

3/18/2013 8:18:24 AM

Number one killer of horses

3/17/2013 9:22:37 PM

Leptospirosis.

3/17/2013 9:04:59 PM

getting hurt in a paddock and or field. Our average population is 40-50

3/17/2013 7:32:14 PM

I need a better understanding of how to prevent colic

3/17/2013 5:51:37 PM

Cushings disease

3/17/2013 4:24:02 PM

Have a great hunter show mare that has been diagonosed with pre-mature OA

3/17/2013 3:58:00 PM

Actually, all the others are more of a concern. Rhino has a vaccine for it...the others do not !

3/17/2013 9:32:44 AM

It can happen at any time with no warning and can be fatal.

3/17/2013 9:19:36 AM

due to full soil feed

3/17/2013 7:00:54 AM

We just moved cross country and its spring

3/17/2013 6:26:42 AM

my horse has laminitis

3/17/2013 12:44:47 AM

Can't seem to get my horse to drink in cold weather. Just had a small impaction..Tried everything..

3/16/2013 11:50:40 PM

chronic

3/16/2013 5:05:30 PM

epm

3/16/2013 3:30:06 PM

Because mild cases can turn fatal so quickly.

3/16/2013 3:21:32 PM

Cushings. My horse has been diagnosed in the early stages, & when it will progress is unknown.

3/16/2013 12:18:31 PM

it can and often is the unseen killer

3/16/2013 8:03:22 AM

had a horse get this- not only ruined a young horse, it was very expensive

3/16/2013 1:57:26 AM

Because it can occur at any time and for no apparent reasons... the others are somewhat preventable

3/16/2013 1:56:47 AM

Had it for 20 agonizing years,with intolerable pain.

3/15/2013 8:54:41 PM

Lack of proper vaccinations due to the economy and spread of disease for those who can't pay for it.

3/15/2013 7:31:21 PM

Developmental orthopedic disease

3/15/2013 5:45:33 PM

my pony is overweight and hardb to control her weight without excercise

3/15/2013 4:54:45 PM

probability of mortality high

3/15/2013 3:54:37 PM

Laminis (&colic) is a condition due to the way we manage horses &can be prevented,osteo is managable

3/15/2013 1:24:05 PM

Sometimes even an experienced person may not know a particular horse may be prone to laminitis

3/15/2013 1:16:42 PM

Osteoarthritis - It occurs in all disciplines.

3/15/2013 11:21:56 AM

Can't be cured, never same horse againonly

3/15/2013 10:00:15 AM

Currently have a metabolic syndrome/hypothyroid horse that is prone to laminitis

3/15/2013 9:00:09 AM

I own a pony with IR, and I know how prone she is to laminitis. She is closely monitored.

3/15/2013 8:29:24 AM

I always remain watchful of my chronic colicky horse

3/15/2013 7:42:31 AM

Because my horse has propension to have

3/15/2013 6:30:42 AM

As a Therapeutic Podiatrist I deal with this condition daily. Many cases are preventable.

3/15/2013 5:53:02 AM

My mare's dam had laminitis, she may be predisposed to it.

3/15/2013 5:44:45 AM

I have lost 2 horses to colic and it seems to be the hardest of these choices to prevent.

3/15/2013 4:12:23 AM

you can go from OK to dead in a matter of minutes

3/15/2013 2:59:35 AM

Cushing: What will it do to my horse?

3/14/2013 11:51:42 PM

Seemingly incurable.

3/14/2013 11:28:28 PM

These diseases I can't protect against is a problem; it only takes one bad horse owner to risk mine.

3/14/2013 11:10:58 PM

leading cause of death

3/14/2013 10:28:57 PM

Have lost a great horse to it.

3/14/2013 10:19:59 PM

This is a devastating disease which needs additional treatment options.

3/14/2013 9:24:41 PM

To me Colic seems like the least preventable and most likely to be fatal of the options listed.

3/14/2013 7:43:48 PM

Navicular - I have lost 2 younger horses to this despite agressive treatment

3/14/2013 7:03:48 PM

Lameness, specifically soft tissue injuries

3/14/2013 6:35:32 PM

When I've vaccinated for the infectious diseases and I hear of outbreaks

3/14/2013 5:47:24 PM

It can come on so suddenly and be very life threatening. Most other issues can be mostly prevented.

3/14/2013 5:45:32 PM

The pain level and general misery makes this the worst of all the diseases

3/14/2013 5:26:04 PM

My favorite trail horse is borderline IR and it is very worrisome to make sure he remains healthy.

3/14/2013 5:20:16 PM

Colic, which can lead to laminitis, has so many triggers. It also is so dangerous.

3/14/2013 5:13:00 PM

My horse has Equine Metabolic Syndrome which makes him more prone to contracting laminitis.

3/14/2013 5:06:26 PM

Incorrect training resulting in back pain

3/14/2013 5:05:43 PM

My mare has osteoarthritis so this naturally is of most concern to me at the moment.

3/14/2013 4:55:10 PM

I have lost 2 older horses in past to colic. I now have 2 more elderly guys and it concerns me.

3/14/2013 4:24:36 PM

my horse has had one surgical colic and I can't afford a repeat

3/14/2013 4:24:19 PM

Sudden onset, fatality rate, difficult to predict or prevent.

3/14/2013 2:44:36 PM

Diligent to ward off all ailments is never 100% foolproof.

3/14/2013 2:00:05 PM

cushings

3/14/2013 11:09:52 AM

Ringbone and shockave therapy to treat it

3/14/2013 11:09:23 AM

through proper managment I don

3/14/2013 10:02:47 AM

bc it is hard to prevent and or predict. There's no vaccine for colic.

3/14/2013 9:57:19 AM

OTTB with seasonal laminitis; just the fall so far; not Cushing's or IR; prevention is goal

3/14/2013 6:12:16 AM

horses of all ages and disciplines get it

3/14/2013 1:24:05 AM

Cos I have not come across a good reliable treatment for laminitis.

3/14/2013 1:11:49 AM

Lack of clear treatment directives

3/14/2013 1:03:02 AM

Frightens me as humans are often the cause

3/14/2013 12:21:17 AM

cost if surgery is involved

3/13/2013 11:52:12 PM

mortality rate and cost

3/13/2013 11:49:15 PM

Ir studies

3/13/2013 11:33:34 PM

very prevalent in my area we have much sand in desert grown hay

3/13/2013 10:38:28 PM

My horse is just recovering from laminitis.

3/13/2013 9:43:47 PM

Navicular. Such a crap shoot to deal with.

3/13/2013 9:18:31 PM

Horses need regular hoof care.

3/13/2013 8:10:54 PM

ehv-1 / ehm I like to travel - I wish everyone that traveled vaccinated, to protect each other

3/13/2013 7:39:08 PM

Lyme/Eurlickiosis, all tick diseases

3/13/2013 7:21:31 PM

Navicular disease

3/13/2013 7:19:19 PM

Colic happens too fast and is so deadly. The other diseases you have time to think about a plan.

3/13/2013 7:01:26 PM

I have an 8yr old AQHA gelding who has severe arthritis in one hock and osteoarthritis down that leg

3/13/2013 6:34:23 PM

My horse is part of the family.

3/13/2013 5:03:32 PM

no prophylactic treatment, high surgical cost

3/13/2013 4:47:41 PM

I recently almost lost my TWH gelding to a severe impaction colic.

3/13/2013 3:48:27 PM

there are so many potential causes

3/13/2013 3:35:58 PM

We love to travel with our horses and you never know what could be picked up by my horse.

3/13/2013 3:00:47 PM

I am cocerned about Colic, Infectious diseases & OA. I lost a horse to colic & one to High Ringbone.

3/13/2013 2:34:12 PM

My first horse died from a servere colic attack

3/13/2013 1:40:07 PM

I own an OTTB and worry about the stress of his racing days affecting him in later years.

3/13/2013 1:26:42 PM

Because there does not seem to be alot you can do to totally protect your horse from this.

3/13/2013 1:26:12 PM

I lost a mare to colic. To see your horse in so much pain is horrible. I will never forget it..

3/13/2013 1:11:05 PM

Of the diseass listed, colic is the most random and least preventable..

3/13/2013 12:52:40 PM

#2 killer of horses, and have personal experience

3/13/2013 12:38:26 PM

unpredictability and care expense if surgery is required

3/13/2013 12:23:35 PM

No hoof, no horse.

3/13/2013 12:22:33 PM

I can vaccinate for infectious disease, colic is vary scarey but lamininitis can end working life.

3/13/2013 11:56:13 AM

This can happen so fast, and no one may be around to know!

3/13/2013 11:46:31 AM

There are still so many people who vaccinate sporadically, or not at all.

3/13/2013 11:43:28 AM

Losing my girl from colic

3/13/2013 11:29:41 AM

Because they seem to be more prevalent

3/13/2013 11:18:17 AM

I've learned it is much more subtle than the "attack" commonly thought of after eating lots of grain

3/13/2013 11:12:32 AM

it is the most urgent situation in which "our" vets are least willing to deal with in the field!

3/13/2013 11:10:46 AM

One persons error in judgment can painfully affect many.

3/13/2013 10:24:30 AM

colic because its origin is so hard to determine and it seems to be the event from which more horses

3/13/2013 10:02:03 AM

I show my horses. exposure to infectious diseases is a worrisome risk

3/13/2013 10:00:01 AM

Dealing with osteoarthritis in 24 year old draft cross mare

3/13/2013 9:52:34 AM

uveitis

3/13/2013 9:48:19 AM

I have a Spotted Saddle horse who eats too much and is chresty.

3/13/2013 9:20:09 AM

expense to treat it

3/13/2013 8:58:56 AM

my horse is 20 now and has an old injury with a fused fetlock. I worry about front weight bearing.

3/13/2013 8:36:49 AM

Have a horse that is recovering from Laminitis.

3/13/2013 8:24:07 AM

My horse has immune mediated keratitis.

3/13/2013 8:05:01 AM

Because it is the biggest killer of horses.

3/13/2013 7:59:18 AM

Colic is most concerning to me because it's so unpredictable and can be so deadly.

3/13/2013 7:59:10 AM

Cushings-it's very difficult to manage, results in multiple health issues, horse will die 2-3 years

3/13/2013 7:55:08 AM

Colic seems to be the most common, we kep our horses up to date on shots and check ups.

3/13/2013 7:46:37 AM

I have one with laminitis not fun

3/13/2013 7:31:39 AM

Colic can be ramdom, unpreventable and often fatal

3/13/2013 7:14:00 AM

Degenerative and performance limiting

3/13/2013 6:44:58 AM

most difficult to manage

3/13/2013 6:07:11 AM

All are worrisome, but the infectious diseases can and will affect other horses on the premises.

3/13/2013 5:40:12 AM

it is such a debilitating problem which is so progressive

3/13/2013 3:00:11 AM

chronic diarrhea

3/13/2013 2:40:27 AM

The insidious nature of osteoarthritis. By the time it's noticeable, the damage is permanent.

3/13/2013 2:29:18 AM

There have been lyme positives at our barn, & outbreak

3/12/2013 11:55:59 PM

colic b/c it sometimes happens despite all efforts to avoid it

3/12/2013 11:27:09 PM

have lost three to this

3/12/2013 11:17:20 PM

Chronic seasonal flareups in my aged TWH gelding

3/12/2013 11:17:10 PM

so hard to prevent and treat

3/12/2013 11:11:18 PM

Metabolic disorders, have lost both a Cushings horse & one with IR, both also laminitic

3/12/2013 10:50:04 PM

Because there are so many causes, so little still unknown about causes, and treatment is limited.

3/12/2013 10:46:58 PM

Neurologic EHV1 scares me to death since there's no vaccine that prevents it!

3/12/2013 10:30:54 PM

letting graze 15 min per day and don't know if that is too much

3/12/2013 10:19:30 PM

I have seen horses with it several times. One horse where I used to work had to be put down.

3/12/2013 9:56:57 PM

I have lost 2 horses to colic (after surgery), for totally different reasons, it creeps up without w

3/12/2013 9:27:55 PM

traumatic paddock injuries

3/12/2013 9:27:15 PM

too many new strains and not enough vaccines

3/12/2013 9:15:19 PM

So common. Can't tell initially if deadly or gas colic.

3/12/2013 9:11:05 PM

Have lost 2 horses to colic, and both were devastating.

3/12/2013 9:09:19 PM

more people need to keep their horses updated on all vaccinations

3/12/2013 9:02:14 PM

My horse has been lame every couple of years has mild rotation also diagnosed with cushings and IR

3/12/2013 8:43:12 PM

All are major condern!

3/12/2013 8:39:50 PM

lack of teeth in 31 yr. old Thoroughbred

3/12/2013 8:28:41 PM

Lyme disease. Not recognized/diagnosed in time to save horses.

3/12/2013 8:18:40 PM

Experienced Colic, Laminitis & Osteoarthritis/not any infectious diseases as yet!

3/12/2013 8:12:12 PM

My arabian mare is almost recovered from laminitis thanks to HEIRO equine supplement

3/12/2013 8:09:30 PM

I can prevent/prepare for this other ailments but laminitis is like voodoo.

3/12/2013 8:06:40 PM

Takes more horses lives than anything else.

3/12/2013 7:40:39 PM

onslought is fast

3/12/2013 7:37:43 PM

I lost my best horse to laminitis,

3/12/2013 7:32:17 PM

Navicular, because it can be hard to manage and can make a horse useless.

3/12/2013 7:28:19 PM

concerned about all, but colic is the most likelyl to occur.

3/12/2013 7:22:08 PM

it is common, acute and frequently fatal

3/12/2013 7:21:06 PM

Seen it fatal too many times.

3/12/2013 7:17:15 PM

My gelding had a attack of grass laminitis 4 years ago. I always worry about it happening again.

3/12/2013 7:14:50 PM

Really no know cure and many factors are involved with this disease.

3/12/2013 7:10:12 PM

EPM & others without vaccination coverage

3/12/2013 7:05:02 PM

so common, and unnatural to prevent horses grazing

3/12/2013 7:03:04 PM

too much horse movement with little biosecurity

3/12/2013 6:56:26 PM

Treatment concerns.

3/12/2013 6:43:05 PM

All of the above. You never know what's going to happen with horses.

3/12/2013 6:40:31 PM

colic surgery too expensive/risky; likely death

3/12/2013 6:39:48 PM

my horse is suffering from it now.

3/12/2013 6:35:13 PM

I have a pony with laminitis and there is no rhyme or reason to the flare ups - tough to treat!

3/12/2013 6:35:06 PM

Because no matter who well you manage your horse, colic can strike at any time. Experience talking.

3/12/2013 6:31:39 PM

many causes, can be devastating.

3/12/2013 6:24:11 PM

Lyme disease

3/12/2013 6:20:03 PM

Colic is because I have lost horses to it even after surgery was attempted. It is a constant threat.

3/12/2013 6:13:22 PM

I have a boarding /training faculty next to me a lot of coming and going with no health cert..

3/12/2013 6:13:00 PM

My 25 year mare has cushing's disease with chronic laminitis and I fear for her soundness in future

3/12/2013 6:09:36 PM

numerous causes; quite common

3/12/2013 6:09:10 PM

All life threatening items listed above.

3/12/2013 6:07:31 PM

Infectious diseases: have more control over prevention/mgmt for the other diseases.

3/12/2013 6:06:02 PM

my mustang is an extremely easy keeper

3/12/2013 6:05:20 PM

Cushing's

3/12/2013 6:04:52 PM

Because there are so many different causes and the results can be crippling for a long time.

3/12/2013 6:00:28 PM

because my horse has had it!

3/12/2013 5:54:44 PM

most insidious... can often be out of the blue

3/12/2013 5:54:07 PM

Hard to cure or control

3/12/2013 5:47:59 PM

we live in FL where sand colic is prevalent

3/12/2013 5:41:11 PM

The others can be prevented via management...infectious diseases, are not

3/12/2013 5:39:14 PM

Can be deadly - with spring coming on the green grass can cause lots of problems.

3/12/2013 5:37:57 PM

because colic can be fatal if not treated right away.

3/12/2013 5:33:17 PM

My horse has ringbone

3/12/2013 5:32:04 PM

Had one horse that I battled this condition with for 12 years. Never know for sure the cause.

3/12/2013 5:30:28 PM

No way of mininumizing the risk if you show & even if you don't, horse can still get disease

3/12/2013 5:30:25 PM

because of his age, 27.

3/12/2013 5:18:11 PM

my horse is prone to colic since he came off the track

3/12/2013 5:11:44 PM

A friend has lost 2 horses to laminitis and I don't ever want to go through that.

3/12/2013 5:10:18 PM

Because you have less control over it and it is deadly.

3/12/2013 5:09:51 PM

Using public boarding facilities while traveling.

3/12/2013 5:09:15 PM

I've been through this horrific disease before. No real progress in treatment to date.

3/12/2013 5:05:10 PM

I'm from Colorado, a colic-prone state. I have lost 2 to colic :(

3/12/2013 5:04:31 PM

our haffy and spring grassws

3/12/2013 5:03:32 PM

Have a laminitis case now; haven't had infections or colic, and don't consider arthritis so serious

3/12/2013 5:02:20 PM

I almost lost my mare to sand colic :,(

3/12/2013 5:01:50 PM

It was between infectious dideases and laminitis. I have an IR horse who had laminitis

3/12/2013 4:56:53 PM

I have lost two young horses to laminitis and almost lost a third. The culprit is too rich jersey gr

3/12/2013 4:55:04 PM

so painfule for the horse and the horseowner to fight laminitis and still lose the battle

3/12/2013 4:50:08 PM

Colic is most concerning to me as I have had two geldings colic, one died from it.

3/12/2013 4:49:37 PM

It's a disease you can't vaccinate for and can strike for any reason.

3/12/2013 4:44:53 PM

cost

3/12/2013 4:44:31 PM

I work with alot of OTTBs who have ulcers. I always treat for ulcers; far less colic episodes.

3/12/2013 4:39:07 PM

My horses are carb/sugar sensitive so laminitis tops my list!

3/12/2013 4:33:28 PM

EPM, My horse has it

3/12/2013 4:29:50 PM

It can come on out of no where and change the usefulness of the horse forever

3/12/2013 4:29:24 PM

COPD

3/12/2013 4:26:03 PM

a clear sign that the owner doesn't pay attention to his horse

3/12/2013 3:41:27 PM

Growing season of grass always concerns me since we have ponies

3/12/2013 3:04:44 PM

My horses are extremely easy keepers. So far so good, but keeping their weight down is a struggle.

3/12/2013 3:03:16 PM

Little change in treatment & fatalities 4 severe cases in 40 yrs - surgery! Need new interventions!

3/12/2013 3:01:08 PM

we are commercial co. in this business segment

3/12/2013 12:12:16 PM

ehv-1 seems to be spreading like wildfire lately

3/12/2013 11:45:01 AM

Even the best care can not prevent laminitis or improve the start of it

3/12/2013 11:05:55 AM

THO more info is needed

3/12/2013 10:27:05 AM

Allergic reaction; nearly died from unknown cause systemic allergic reaction l

3/12/2013 9:36:46 AM

Laminitis for the difficulties in control, successful recovery.

3/12/2013 9:32:56 AM

It comes on so quick and in some cases you don't know what triggers it.

3/12/2013 8:29:07 AM

Colic is the #1 killer of horses.

3/12/2013 8:18:54 AM

battle obesity and founder with my warmblood

3/12/2013 7:31:13 AM

True navicular disease, colic, traumatic injury

3/12/2013 4:20:29 AM

I am a human infectious disease specialist

3/12/2013 12:47:43 AM

I have an aged horse

3/4/2013 5:13:17 PM

Colic can turn deadly fast. We lost a mare in May because we could not find a vet on a Saturday!

3/4/2013 11:03:18 AM

for me it seems to be the most un-preventable

3/3/2013 10:51:07 AM

I have a mare that has an undiagnosed lameness issue.

3/2/2013 5:09:28 PM

Prolly, founder, I've seen it destroy very promising horses w/o being able to recover &just be mis,

2/28/2013 8:11:35 PM

Iost a horse to a pundunculated lypoma (tumor in the intestines), which he coliced from. Scary.

2/28/2013 9:30:55 AM

due to long term effect on horses life

2/27/2013 7:52:52 PM

I lost mare to laminitis, now have to be extremely careful with her colt to avoid same

2/27/2013 10:43:55 AM

I vaccinate for West Nile, but I am concerned abou the herpesvirus.

2/27/2013 9:52:12 AM

Debilitating - same concerns as laminitis regarding use.

2/27/2013 1:06:07 AM

It seems to have the poorest prognosis

2/26/2013 8:35:56 PM

tough choice they are all of large concern but laminitis usually has a grim future for the horse. '

2/26/2013 6:28:48 PM

We have Minis, very prone to grass founder.

2/26/2013 4:58:28 PM

Two colic surgeries 15K and then the horse died.

2/26/2013 4:34:46 PM

It can be unpredictable.

2/26/2013 4:15:15 PM

Despite my best management practices at avoiding colic, this has claimed the lives of more of my hor

2/26/2013 2:37:11 PM

Colic, because it can be life-threatening and can't be prevented in all cases

2/26/2013 1:45:48 PM

Severity of the acute condition

2/26/2013 7:51:15 AM