25 Horse Health Happenings

What do you think have been the most significant horse health innovations in the past 25 years?
Check all that apply

Better imaging
Better anesthesia
Better vaccination options
Better deworming methods
Better foot care
Better dental care

Total votes cast: 2482

Comments & Write-in Answers


8/13/2007 8:00:43 PM

All the above!

8/13/2007 11:37:41 AM

Education for horse caretakers & recognition of these magnificent animals as companions

8/13/2007 1:19:30 AM

We have alot more feed choices. Horses are living long healthier lives in part because of great feed

8/12/2007 11:26:39 PM

Thoughtful caring of horses well being in general including the training process.

8/12/2007 11:04:53 PM


8/12/2007 7:25:22 PM

Better understanding of equine nutrition

8/12/2007 6:52:19 PM

Better emergency care.

8/12/2007 4:13:56 PM

better training for vets students specializing in large animals

8/12/2007 3:41:45 PM

All horses suffer from parasites unless Tx.

8/12/2007 11:08:56 AM

I live in the south, West Nile is a life saver

8/12/2007 10:55:00 AM

No matter what significant health advancements are made, if people cannot afford them,

8/11/2007 4:13:10 PM

When I got my first horse miore than 30 years ago and trim was $10, and a full set of shoes were $30

8/11/2007 3:58:39 PM

better nutrition options to personalize feeding

8/11/2007 3:01:05 PM

wider use of Chinese medicine, including herbs and accupressure and acupuncture

8/11/2007 2:51:53 PM

better vetertrinarian care

8/11/2007 10:29:50 AM

Overall veterinary care has gotten better, but I think the greatest strides have been made in surge.

8/11/2007 8:45:39 AM

Cheaper, easier, safer and much less expensive than tubing by vet! And less hassle for the horse!

8/11/2007 8:35:57 AM

deworming and nutrition

8/11/2007 8:24:50 AM

I think better vaccines for west nile virus-

8/10/2007 7:43:12 PM

Deworming and vacc.

8/10/2007 3:35:41 PM

training a horse to back up

8/10/2007 12:02:56 PM

better knowledge of proper nutrition

8/10/2007 10:41:58 AM

I think the turn towards more natural care and management of horses is the best thing.

8/10/2007 9:20:40 AM

the barefoot revolution

8/10/2007 12:34:23 AM

More information give out. Better resorses

8/10/2007 12:02:24 AM

Advancements in critical care from trauma (surgery to repair bones, etc)

8/9/2007 11:34:46 PM

Better education for horse owners

8/9/2007 11:17:10 PM

nutrition and supplements have improved quality and lifespan of many horses

8/9/2007 11:03:17 PM

The ability to keep up with the worst of the contagious diseases is amazing.

8/9/2007 10:32:58 PM

pergolide for cushings

8/9/2007 8:39:32 PM

Ulcer medication

8/9/2007 7:37:41 PM

reasearch and implimentation of more natural hoof care has made great strides

8/9/2007 7:30:02 PM

Now there are equine dentists. Also, a lot more shoe choices for leg and hoof problems.

8/9/2007 7:02:10 PM

all of the above

8/9/2007 6:27:22 PM

the revolution in horse training has kept more horses out of the slaughter house than any medicine

8/9/2007 5:34:43 PM

No hoof, no horse

8/9/2007 5:02:36 PM

esp. anesthesia & ivermectrin

8/9/2007 4:35:07 PM

Barefoot philosophy

8/9/2007 4:30:11 PM

Feed technology/science

8/9/2007 1:46:18 PM

nutrition, nutrition, nutrition

8/9/2007 1:01:18 PM

we've made strides in seeing what is wrong, but no progress in being able to treat it.

8/9/2007 12:38:05 PM

Nothing is better because you need to live near a DVM University to get anything but First Aid.

8/9/2007 12:26:24 PM

Turn to alternative/complimentary therapies such as Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy-based acupressure)

8/9/2007 12:22:59 PM

plus access to medication to help manage long term conditions/illness eg. arthritis & cushings

8/9/2007 12:09:29 PM

Re: Lipizanner; again these noble animals are at risk because of human beurocracy/ignorance/greed!

8/9/2007 11:40:56 AM

I'm very new to the world of equine care but it seems to me that each area has seen improvements and

8/9/2007 11:33:11 AM

Advancement in joint disease knowledge and prevention

8/9/2007 4:28:20 AM

Better awareness and easier access to information on health matters

8/9/2007 2:23:21 AM

Natural horse care, lots of free roaming, socializing, barefeet etc, my horses are happy and healthy

8/8/2007 11:38:30 PM

Total care through the new inovations they are discovering daily.

8/8/2007 10:30:40 PM

Overall health care- vet care and information on care!

8/8/2007 10:26:30 PM

Horses do not need shoes. Man is the one who does this to the horses.

8/8/2007 8:33:01 PM

Also better phisio care.

8/8/2007 7:44:16 PM

Efforts to rehabilitate rather than put down injured horses

8/8/2007 7:40:08 PM

More humane training methods being not only advocated, but widely accepted.

8/8/2007 6:20:42 PM

hoose vet who is up-to-date with all new meds and procedures - bad diagnosis can kill your horse

8/8/2007 4:08:18 PM

better repoduction help

8/8/2007 3:59:58 PM

The captive bolt. Eliminating unwanted horses is HUMANE.

8/8/2007 3:54:00 PM

I was quite surprised to not see all the new research that has been on nutritional needs of horses.

8/8/2007 3:27:57 PM

Better nutrition

8/8/2007 3:13:03 PM

Better pain medications

8/8/2007 2:39:56 PM

Innovation of better saddle pads!! Trailers with air ride! Chondrointin and MSM products!

8/8/2007 1:59:12 PM

All including chirpractic, and massage

8/8/2007 1:58:24 PM

Better worming alone has improved the health and prolonged the working life of horses

8/8/2007 1:47:55 PM

All have improved over time

8/8/2007 1:39:38 PM

better understandings of illnesses and causes. better nutrition

8/8/2007 1:13:24 PM

Better surgical recovery methods

8/8/2007 1:00:34 PM

no more tubing!

8/8/2007 12:39:49 PM

Much better treatment of injuries/illnesses.

8/8/2007 12:00:06 PM

all of the above and better client education thru books, magazines, and internet. Educated!

8/8/2007 11:26:44 AM

These are all wonderful, but unfortunately, we still need more!

8/8/2007 11:18:31 AM

No more "kick/yank an unruly horse", we use Chiro/Acupuc. to relieve issues => happier horse/rider!

8/8/2007 11:01:57 AM

over all ,all of the the answers

8/8/2007 10:13:15 AM

Realizing they aren't meant to eat sugars.They are meant to eat grasses, not molasses soaked grain,

8/8/2007 10:10:20 AM

Better joint care and treatement

8/8/2007 9:25:48 AM

training, gentle methods must be healthier for the horse

8/8/2007 8:08:20 AM

Natural Horsemanship and new , kinder methods of training.

8/8/2007 8:04:44 AM

better medicine in general: TRYING rather than automatically putting a horse down.

8/8/2007 7:58:20 AM

more aware of natural approach

8/8/2007 7:39:30 AM

the invention of adequan and other polysulfatedglycosaminoglycans

8/8/2007 7:33:42 AM

get them out of stalls as much as possible, take the shoes off, deworm and vaccinate as needed

8/8/2007 7:18:42 AM

Complimentary therapies for horses...Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, Homeopathy

8/8/2007 6:49:13 AM

Horse care-givers and owners are better informed and kept up-to-date with latet info via internet.

8/8/2007 5:04:51 AM

Everything has improved, medicine in general

8/8/2007 1:21:03 AM

the most important to me is ultrasound and being able to detect twinsd

8/8/2007 12:48:37 AM

Equne health care has realized benefits from all of the above advancements.

8/8/2007 12:26:22 AM

Better pharmaceuticals

8/8/2007 12:04:47 AM

All of the above!

8/7/2007 11:51:17 PM

Better preventative care!

8/7/2007 11:48:14 PM

Better Ulcer diagnosis and treatments

8/7/2007 11:44:24 PM

With improvements in vet care, the horse owner has been more empowered to participate in horse care.

8/7/2007 11:26:09 PM


8/7/2007 11:21:58 PM

When my Mom hears about a horse that foundered she always says "that meant death 30 years ago".

8/7/2007 11:16:24 PM

All of the above + disease control, both vet and supplements...

8/7/2007 11:01:26 PM

better care for horses with colic

8/7/2007 10:51:46 PM

With our gerater knowledge of joints etc. our horses health has improved and their lives lengthened

8/7/2007 10:35:56 PM

Equine nutrition have taken giant steps in the last 25 years.

8/7/2007 10:31:05 PM

Natural horsemanship and horsekeeping methods

8/7/2007 10:30:53 PM

Our horses mean so much to us.I am grateful for the equine vets.

8/7/2007 10:25:31 PM

better nutrition information available

8/7/2007 10:14:36 PM

Better veterinary care as a whole

8/7/2007 9:41:42 PM

increase in use of acupuncture & chiropractic

8/7/2007 9:31:19 PM

banamine and xylazine are wonderful

8/7/2007 9:24:24 PM

More is now known about the positive benefits of barefoot horses.

8/7/2007 9:04:21 PM

Efficacious paste wormers!

8/7/2007 8:53:31 PM

More accessible information on the internet. A person does not have to rely on just one opinion.

8/7/2007 8:23:47 PM

Barefoot trimming, as per Pete Ramey, is saving 1000s of lives

8/7/2007 8:13:22 PM

Would like to see more improvement in joint info, shots, RX, etc.

8/7/2007 8:10:19 PM

Better informed owners

8/7/2007 7:55:42 PM

Nutrition and the impact it has on equine

8/7/2007 7:52:15 PM

Everything good about what's changed in the last 25 yrs is good, or at lest, I hope.

8/7/2007 7:50:20 PM

Embarassed, but do now know.

8/7/2007 7:42:04 PM

Use of ultrasound for reproductions and diagnosing lameness

8/7/2007 7:17:14 PM

Owners taking responsibility for hooves-barefoot!

8/7/2007 7:07:46 PM

more alternative methods available

8/7/2007 7:05:29 PM

Better equine nutrition, suppliments

8/7/2007 7:00:06 PM

doing without shoes! barefoot trim techniques and natural horse care

8/7/2007 6:46:02 PM

improved surgical techniques

8/7/2007 6:38:31 PM

fly masks

8/7/2007 6:30:13 PM

Anesthesia has made great head ways. Compare Ruffians and Barbaro's out come right after surgery.

8/7/2007 6:19:42 PM

Digital Xrays, MRIs & Ultrasounds

8/7/2007 6:14:11 PM

deworming by owner has promoted ads increasing # of horses getting wormed

8/7/2007 6:05:45 PM

Ivermectin is probably the biggest impact on parasite control in decades.

8/7/2007 6:04:10 PM

people more aware in general of good horse health & nutrition; better grains for elderly horses

8/7/2007 5:47:05 PM

These two have bennifited the most horses adding years to the average life span.

8/7/2007 5:41:21 PM

all of the above

8/7/2007 5:29:57 PM

Age old chiro and energy being brought back to the forefront for healining from the inside out

8/7/2007 5:24:08 PM

Holistic health care

8/7/2007 5:15:06 PM

Taking horses barefoot with a balance, 4 point trim is the best thing to come along so far.

8/7/2007 5:11:38 PM

We have come a long way, Baby!!!!!

8/7/2007 5:06:17 PM

Overall, better veterinary care with specializations; better humane attention at shows-no TWH/soring

8/7/2007 4:59:27 PM

Better imaging and anesthesia are not key players in the day-to-day equine population like the other

8/7/2007 4:55:21 PM

I still see horses that must survive under terrible conditions. They would be better off to be put

8/7/2007 3:41:13 PM

Everything regarding equine mgt has drastically improved with time, and continues to do so

8/7/2007 2:45:57 PM

Better prevention, support and treatment options for arthritis

8/7/2007 11:54:49 AM