Poll

Health Concerns

What is your biggest equine health concern?

Parasites
7%
115
Infectious disease (i.e., influenza, WNV, etc.)
12%
189
Colic/gastrointestinal
42%
650
Lameness
29%
445
Other (please specify)
10%
157

Total votes cast: 1556

Comments & Write-in Answers

mange

4/27/2009 10:07:56 PM

lyme, epm, WNV!

4/27/2009 9:09:39 PM

all of the above

4/27/2009 8:12:35 PM

Everything, my horse is like my baby, everything worries me!

4/27/2009 7:40:28 PM

laminitis. Navicular would be a close 2nd. Know lots of horses impacted by these 2 health issues.

4/27/2009 6:47:36 PM

white line disease

4/27/2009 4:39:25 PM

shipping fever

4/27/2009 4:29:52 PM

Cushings disease

4/27/2009 2:50:26 PM

My horses are lame most of the time more than anything else.

4/27/2009 2:15:45 PM

I have a laminitic mare that requires constant management to maintain her foot health.

4/27/2009 10:58:13 AM

Diet, environment and hoofcare

4/27/2009 10:01:07 AM

Living in the southeast we have to deal with parasites all year, both internal and external

4/27/2009 9:31:25 AM

Potential foundering

4/27/2009 12:23:51 AM

After an impaction colic last winter,I'm always alert for any change indicating a repeat episode.

4/26/2009 8:14:35 PM

Any health risk. She's my best friend.

4/26/2009 6:04:57 PM

insulin levels

4/26/2009 3:33:15 PM

healthy weight moderation

4/26/2009 1:33:39 PM

blindness as my horse constantly has problems in one eye

4/26/2009 12:45:06 PM

all of them but mostly colic/infectious disease for which even best care can happens

4/26/2009 8:58:34 AM

Lymes disease - we have it and are currently dealing with it.

4/26/2009 7:50:20 AM

worms

4/26/2009 6:17:14 AM

weight loss on older horses after a harsh winter

4/26/2009 2:03:31 AM

allergies

4/25/2009 10:30:16 PM

insulin resistance

4/25/2009 6:19:33 PM

dihorreha and shaking#

4/25/2009 4:09:11 PM

Rhodococcus equi

4/25/2009 3:14:24 PM

My mare had purpura so I worry about strangles.

4/25/2009 2:57:08 PM

ulcers

4/25/2009 12:19:55 PM

Dysautonomia (grass fever in UK), but here in MO we had a dog die of it,,, very scary

4/25/2009 7:29:19 AM

Somehow nearly everything else pales in comparison to colic.

4/24/2009 11:32:53 PM

No foot, no horse

4/24/2009 11:18:01 PM

Lameness seems difficult to diagnos in my gaited mare (back and hind limb)

4/24/2009 10:16:50 PM

old age

4/24/2009 9:03:20 PM

Their teeth, colic, to vaccinate or not.

4/24/2009 7:37:30 PM

I live in Florida---the mosquito capital of the world!! So my concerns are typically WNV & East West

4/24/2009 7:30:07 PM

Colic happens despite all precautions sometimes

4/24/2009 6:30:42 PM

heaves

4/24/2009 3:07:27 PM

All above!!!!!

4/24/2009 2:26:28 PM

the older horse

4/24/2009 2:19:47 PM

Laminitis

4/24/2009 12:18:27 PM

sleep disorders - mare that falls down softly to violently while sleeping ..vet no help

4/24/2009 11:20:17 AM

All on pasture - We're pretty healthy!

4/24/2009 11:17:19 AM

This time of year its founder due to the new rich grass

4/24/2009 10:29:10 AM

I read many conflicting reports on preventing sand colic

4/24/2009 9:53:16 AM

Pharmacy's errors !!!

4/24/2009 7:46:30 AM

managing

4/24/2009 7:39:21 AM

Lameness and all the causes of it...i've just about had it.

4/24/2009 3:01:28 AM

and skin disorders

4/23/2009 11:35:19 PM

ubiquitous in the south

4/23/2009 9:18:30 PM

Colic. Everything else can be treated with more success than colic.

4/23/2009 8:54:26 PM

injested sand

4/23/2009 8:25:11 PM

girthiness and what it is related to

4/23/2009 7:46:50 PM

So unpredictable, even with good management, colic can be fatal.

4/23/2009 7:27:12 PM

colic. There seems to be no good defense against it.

4/23/2009 7:12:39 PM

colic is in my opinion the most imidiatly dangerous to any horse

4/23/2009 6:57:34 PM

injury

4/23/2009 6:54:53 PM

hairloss

4/23/2009 5:47:23 PM

respiratory - copd

4/23/2009 5:39:11 PM

All of the above.

4/23/2009 5:33:05 PM

Lyme disease exposure. In the Northeast US, deer ticks and Lyme disease are endemic.

4/23/2009 5:27:31 PM

repercussions of Cushing's/PPID and insulin resistance

4/23/2009 5:08:28 PM

old age...

4/23/2009 4:21:51 PM

I've only had 2 mild episodes resolved with banamine but my wallet isn't surgery worthy.

4/23/2009 4:10:55 PM

equine temperment during shoeing

4/23/2009 3:49:14 PM

arthritis

4/23/2009 3:41:36 PM

I have a lost one horse to colic and recently watched a friend's horse die from it

4/23/2009 3:38:24 PM

b/c it is so unpredictable

4/23/2009 3:33:16 PM

ocd

4/23/2009 2:56:07 PM

injury free. I have 7 horses, and if it isn't one it's the other.

4/23/2009 2:54:04 PM

Cushing's

4/23/2009 2:32:24 PM

air borne diseases

4/23/2009 2:10:03 PM

I choose infectious disease however I have dealt with lameness and this is just as much a concern .

4/23/2009 12:16:34 PM

proper hoof growth & care & diseases of the hoof

4/23/2009 10:42:18 AM

rhotococcus

4/23/2009 9:16:30 AM

so much money to repair w/ no guarantee

4/23/2009 7:29:47 AM

keeping weight on an aging horse

4/23/2009 6:38:41 AM

My horse has Navicular

4/23/2009 6:11:54 AM

Scratches or Mud Fever

4/23/2009 2:47:41 AM

Cushings, by far

4/23/2009 2:21:43 AM

Injury

4/23/2009 12:50:04 AM

I've lost 2 horses to Colic even after they were operated on. I felt so hopeless. I could do nothing

4/22/2009 10:54:42 PM

Dealing with a laminic, cushings and IR pony.

4/22/2009 9:28:03 PM

ppid in my aged mare

4/22/2009 9:26:28 PM

2nd is infectious disease

4/22/2009 9:12:08 PM

due to founder

4/22/2009 7:34:30 PM

Cushings in my older horse.

4/22/2009 7:32:45 PM

small barn with good practices, but lesson horses need to work and be sound

4/22/2009 7:18:08 PM

Too many are plagued with lameness! Quit breeding horses that are unproven to stay sound!

4/22/2009 6:48:16 PM

senior health

4/22/2009 6:46:48 PM

laminitis

4/22/2009 6:18:10 PM

endocrine/metabolic issues

4/22/2009 5:26:27 PM

Laminitis

4/22/2009 5:21:04 PM

Especially arthritis!

4/22/2009 5:13:53 PM

Navicular, ringbone, and tendon injuries have plagued my riding.

4/22/2009 5:06:37 PM

colic and LAMINITIS!

4/22/2009 4:52:35 PM

laminitis

4/22/2009 4:00:54 PM

Colic-lameness(close 2nd)-my biggest concerns. Live in mtns and no close vets. No worms, few horses.

4/22/2009 4:00:51 PM

the cost of colic surgery and loss of my horses

4/22/2009 3:29:33 PM

How to tell if it is muscular, skellital, or neurological.

4/22/2009 3:21:11 PM

accidents involving my wire fences

4/22/2009 3:03:01 PM

founder

4/22/2009 2:57:38 PM

tying up

4/22/2009 2:26:04 PM

Colic, because it can happen so suddenly, with such devastating results.

4/22/2009 2:16:53 PM

blander infection

4/22/2009 1:13:57 PM

SECOND CHOICE IS LAMENESS

4/22/2009 12:37:33 PM

I make sure my horse vaccinations are current. This includes WNV, rabies and streptococcus equi.

4/22/2009 12:12:18 PM

Laminitis, cushings and the link to improper diet

4/22/2009 11:25:55 AM

Ticks and insect born diseases

4/22/2009 11:25:06 AM

vaccinations

4/22/2009 11:22:59 AM

Founder//laminitis

4/22/2009 11:06:39 AM

insulin resistance

4/22/2009 11:05:35 AM

Cushings

4/22/2009 11:01:15 AM

Black Flies and other pests!

4/22/2009 10:54:25 AM

I couldn't possibly choose, I am concerned about all of them!

4/22/2009 10:28:11 AM

This can come on so suddenly

4/22/2009 10:09:50 AM

all of the above

4/22/2009 9:46:09 AM

They really all are! I worry all the time!

4/22/2009 9:15:34 AM

and anxiously waiting for reports on 21 polo ponies that died. We ALL need to know .

4/22/2009 9:12:39 AM

over vaccinating

4/22/2009 8:53:43 AM

proper nutrition

4/22/2009 8:17:26 AM

This can be soo deadly, I also worry about so much lameness in so many of the show horses

4/22/2009 8:11:26 AM

At the moment, managing Cushing's and ringbone in two old mares

4/22/2009 7:45:05 AM

EPM/Lyme's

4/22/2009 7:42:23 AM

Equine Metabolic Syndrome

4/22/2009 7:29:48 AM

I'm always concerned from colic to parasites

4/22/2009 7:26:52 AM

The threat of colic scares me most. Can happen anytime with mixed results.

4/22/2009 7:22:53 AM

cuts and wounds

4/22/2009 7:21:42 AM

Colic is No. 1 with Laminitis as No. 2 both can be deadly

4/22/2009 7:05:00 AM

HEaves

4/22/2009 7:00:29 AM

With excellent veterinary care, and consistant home care, my horses have been lost to colic

4/22/2009 4:18:01 AM

LAMINITIS!!!!

4/22/2009 3:34:36 AM

overall health maintenance to avoid all of the above

4/22/2009 2:51:46 AM

Actually, all of the above but could only pick colic et al.

4/22/2009 2:49:46 AM

Hoof Care

4/22/2009 2:02:58 AM

laminitis

4/22/2009 1:41:27 AM

It's always the dreaded five letter word...COLIC!

4/22/2009 12:54:01 AM

Colic hits fast and kills. lameness is a close 2nd.

4/22/2009 12:53:10 AM

Without a doubt, here in CT it is Lyme disease. I have treated my horses 3 times in 2 years!

4/22/2009 12:47:49 AM

injury and or infection

4/22/2009 12:45:12 AM

Next is probably diseases..

4/22/2009 12:44:31 AM

Lameness puts more horses on the sideline than any thing else.

4/22/2009 12:43:20 AM

Dealt with two suspensory injuries, and insulin resistance for several years,+ colic

4/22/2009 12:38:17 AM

As a horse owner, I am concerned about all the above. Any one of these can cut a horses' life short.

4/22/2009 12:29:28 AM

Just keeping my horses at their optimum health at all times. And Ticks!!:):) It's that time AGAIN!

4/22/2009 12:27:58 AM

Joint disease

4/22/2009 12:12:45 AM

grass founder is my biggest concern. I don't let them into pasture until July but I still worry.

4/22/2009 12:07:41 AM

laminitis/founder

4/21/2009 11:54:15 PM

laminitis

4/21/2009 11:47:29 PM

to stop sand colic I feed cysilium husk over 6 days once a mth, havent had colic since its fantastic

4/21/2009 11:32:37 PM

Founder

4/21/2009 11:29:37 PM

Lameness,because there are so many illness that can cause lameness

4/21/2009 11:24:25 PM

rear hip slipping

4/21/2009 11:17:34 PM

finding pasture that is safe and clean

4/21/2009 11:02:36 PM

Colic scares me too, but I WORRY more about lameness.

4/21/2009 10:41:05 PM

heaves/allergies

4/21/2009 10:40:16 PM

endurance horses biggest issue

4/21/2009 10:39:22 PM

Getting the proper hay at the boarding facility

4/21/2009 10:33:37 PM

injury

4/21/2009 10:15:25 PM

sand colic and stones are common in our area since the horses are kept on DG

4/21/2009 10:13:03 PM

tick borne diseases

4/21/2009 10:12:38 PM

parasites can cause most of the other condition's that are listed

4/21/2009 10:04:37 PM

I have a very easy keeper, who i believe could become insulin resistant very easily

4/21/2009 9:41:54 PM

Be VERY aware of tick borne disease. Abx puts it into remission.Yearly vacc. damages immune system

4/21/2009 9:39:36 PM

I have not had a colic in years but always very concerned & I take lots of precautions.

4/21/2009 9:34:45 PM

laminitis

4/21/2009 9:27:09 PM

Hoof trimming that is healthy for the horse

4/21/2009 9:26:22 PM

No matter how good you take care of them, lameness seems to hit them all at some time.

4/21/2009 9:24:31 PM

my horses are all wormed and vaccinated but you never know when a new infectious disease will pop up

4/21/2009 9:14:15 PM

Allergies to gnats, horse flies

4/21/2009 9:09:03 PM

PSSM management

4/21/2009 9:03:04 PM

mainly laminitis and founder

4/21/2009 8:55:35 PM

vaccines are causing adverse reactions but no one is doing anything to make them safer

4/21/2009 8:54:36 PM

Have 2 senior qtr. horses on isoxiphrene for navicular & 2 others on joint supplements, also

4/21/2009 8:42:21 PM

hoof issues.. never ending in florida

4/21/2009 8:38:09 PM

having a consistent hay and feed source throughout the year

4/21/2009 8:37:18 PM

most owners don't care about spreadding desase!

4/21/2009 8:30:42 PM

laminitis and/or colic

4/21/2009 8:29:06 PM

some bad accident causing injury

4/21/2009 8:28:09 PM

getting the mares pregnant!

4/21/2009 8:28:00 PM

parasite carried by opposum

4/21/2009 8:27:52 PM

Because resistance is becoming a big problem that can lead to colic..etc

4/21/2009 8:27:41 PM

insulin resistance

4/21/2009 8:24:28 PM

cushing's/ metabolic syndrome

4/21/2009 8:22:00 PM

Managing weight

4/21/2009 8:15:22 PM

degenerative joint disease

4/21/2009 8:03:45 PM

Anything that would require surgery/life changing choices- and pain mgmt for sr horses.

4/21/2009 7:50:54 PM

I have had one die of colic at 30 and nothing could be done. Heartbreaking.

4/21/2009 7:21:13 PM

keeping weight on a geriatric mare.

4/21/2009 7:17:48 PM

founder and heaves

4/21/2009 7:09:29 PM

especially with potential resistance being found from paste wormers brr

4/21/2009 7:02:47 PM

Preventing Laminitis in your feeding program

4/21/2009 7:01:48 PM

laminitis since I have an overweight, easy keeper who cannot exercise due to a permanent injury.

4/21/2009 6:53:59 PM

sand colic, I live on sandy soil, it is always a problem

4/21/2009 6:50:36 PM

late term abortions and failure of passive transfer

4/21/2009 6:48:47 PM

This most common symptom may be connected to many of the other options listed

4/21/2009 6:46:40 PM

Other than colic/GI, each can be usually suspected earlier than later/prevented. Colic's faster.

4/21/2009 6:38:10 PM

Insulin Resistance and laminitis

4/21/2009 6:37:03 PM

Major injury

4/21/2009 6:35:55 PM

Weight Management for over weight horses

4/21/2009 6:33:19 PM

When the pasture turns green, my guy has to come off.Else it's laminitis.What a balancing act.

4/21/2009 6:32:18 PM

Insulin resistance/managing the "easy keeper" horse and donkey

4/21/2009 6:29:19 PM

We can do a lot to treat and/or control many of the other issues, but colic is more difficult

4/21/2009 6:28:46 PM

Colic--the word that strikes fear in every horse person's soul

4/21/2009 6:26:56 PM

No hoof, no horse.

4/21/2009 6:24:53 PM

eye problems - euveitis

4/21/2009 6:22:31 PM

and founder--the two big killers

4/21/2009 6:20:34 PM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

4/21/2009 6:16:35 PM

Arthritis

4/21/2009 6:15:11 PM

suspensory ligament failure

4/21/2009 6:12:51 PM

Cushings, IR, Laminitis/Founder

4/21/2009 6:11:59 PM

respitory ailments

4/21/2009 6:03:41 PM

I lost a horse to WNV even with the shots, sketchy diagnosis and ineffective vaccines...what gives?!

4/21/2009 6:02:34 PM

injury

4/21/2009 5:48:09 PM

colic and laminitis

4/21/2009 5:44:49 PM

these hidden threats are becoming immune, and they can do so much damage

4/21/2009 5:44:04 PM

Had to put my goergeous boy down.. don't want to deal with that again!

4/21/2009 5:41:00 PM

Colic would actually come first with lameness running a close second.

4/21/2009 5:40:22 PM

geriatric conditions

4/21/2009 5:38:05 PM

Laminitis

4/21/2009 5:35:42 PM

Colic but I lost a horse to a freak accident in a pasture last year.

4/21/2009 5:34:43 PM

Metabolic issues

4/21/2009 5:30:52 PM

A horse with colic is such a scary situation.

4/21/2009 5:28:53 PM

Lyme disease & EPM

4/21/2009 5:26:27 PM

With 1 horse who colic's at everything but the colour green, this is always our major concern

4/21/2009 5:26:10 PM

Colic, followed by laminitis, followed by EPM and so on.

4/21/2009 5:25:39 PM

laminitis

4/21/2009 5:23:31 PM

Other people being ignorant about vccination of their horses!

4/21/2009 5:23:18 PM

geriatric problems

4/21/2009 5:21:40 PM

Sweetitch is my hardest problem to clear up in my horses.

4/21/2009 5:19:27 PM

Laminitis

4/21/2009 5:17:39 PM

If I could have chosen 2 concerns it would be colic & laminitis - both horrific!

4/21/2009 5:16:33 PM

All of the above, but I do my best to fend off all

4/21/2009 5:15:47 PM

Ticks

4/21/2009 5:09:14 PM

the rising cost of care

4/21/2009 5:06:29 PM

Cushings/IR/Metabolic disorder

4/21/2009 5:04:37 PM

More horse seemed to be lameness as the result of not being in condition

4/21/2009 5:04:04 PM

kinda a tie for me between colic & lameness but generally horses don't die from lameness

4/21/2009 5:02:43 PM

also, Laminitis

4/21/2009 5:01:11 PM

diarrea in adult horses

4/21/2009 5:00:57 PM

Only because horse has had lameness problems

4/21/2009 4:59:15 PM

Laminitis/founder

4/21/2009 4:57:08 PM

Keeping them at a proper weight

4/21/2009 4:54:20 PM

My horses (4) are all easy keepers, so the threat of Laminitis looms heavy. 1 has had it.

4/21/2009 4:53:21 PM

Lost my first horse to colic last month!

4/21/2009 4:49:19 PM

Laminitis!

4/21/2009 4:48:52 PM

no foot, no leg, no horse

4/21/2009 4:47:09 PM

Currently, lameness due to a back pelvic problem. I do preventative for all others

4/21/2009 4:45:51 PM

IR/Cushings/PPID

4/21/2009 4:45:46 PM

Minimizing all the stresses that add up.

4/21/2009 4:45:14 PM

was colic now navicular

4/21/2009 4:41:26 PM

right now, insulin resistance, weight, etc.

4/21/2009 4:41:16 PM

Infections from cuts, scrapes, etc.

4/21/2009 4:39:57 PM

laminitis

4/21/2009 4:35:32 PM

I just lost my horse to colic. Lameness you can deal with. Colic can kill at any time.

4/21/2009 4:33:17 PM

None. Was PHF - stopped the vaccine - no PHF. Barefoot and sound! No colic, No laminitis/lameness.

4/21/2009 4:32:30 PM

Been through colic once; don't want to go through it again. Luckily, my horse survived.

4/21/2009 4:30:01 PM

founder

4/21/2009 4:24:26 PM

Blindness, death

4/21/2009 4:23:30 PM

It's a toss up between colic and lameness as I'v had both and lived to tell about but only just.

4/21/2009 4:22:18 PM

fed alternatives forced by extended drought

4/21/2009 4:22:06 PM

specifically, malbsorption disorders.

4/21/2009 4:20:54 PM

Lyme Disease

4/21/2009 4:17:08 PM

Keeping the geriatric equine healthy and comfortable

4/21/2009 4:15:06 PM

Lyme Disease

4/21/2009 4:14:38 PM

Overuse of wormers have caused some parasites to become resistant. Use care when worming!

4/21/2009 4:09:57 PM

Safe foal deliveries-healthy mares and healthy babies.

4/21/2009 4:04:23 PM

preventing tendon damage

4/21/2009 4:02:33 PM

EPM

4/21/2009 3:59:05 PM

My biggest fear is leg injuries due to just recently losing my 23yo mare to one.

4/21/2009 3:15:24 PM

Colic and lameness are a tie.

4/21/2009 2:41:30 PM

All of the above

4/21/2009 2:00:47 PM

dealing with the "normal" afflictions of the mostly healthy , but older horse

4/21/2009 1:36:11 PM

All of above

4/21/2009 12:25:49 PM

I had two horses die from colic in one year.

4/21/2009 12:09:51 PM

Cushings and IR

4/21/2009 11:28:31 AM

Regularly dewormed and vaccinated, live outside w/free choice hay -lameness is out of my control.

4/21/2009 11:04:28 AM

Everything. Horse has chronic health condition that increases his risks.

4/21/2009 10:10:26 AM

New unknown to the Us diseases, such as the Polo ponies

4/21/2009 9:15:59 AM