Poll

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
17%
422
Better anesthesia
9%
223
Better vaccination options
18%
450
Better deworming methods
20%
508
Better foot care
16%
396
Better dental care
16%
404
Other
3%
79

Total votes cast: 2482

Comments & Write-in Answers

Ivermectrin*********

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

MARE REPRODUCTIVE LOSS SYNDROME

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

Sonograms

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