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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
4/27/2009 4:29:52 PM
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
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
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
4/26/2009 6:17:14 AM
weight loss on older horses after a harsh winter
4/26/2009 2:03:31 AM
4/25/2009 10:30:16 PM
4/25/2009 6:19:33 PM
dihorreha and shaking#
4/25/2009 4:09:11 PM
4/25/2009 3:14:24 PM
My mare had purpura so I worry about strangles.
4/25/2009 2:57:08 PM
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
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
4/24/2009 3:07:27 PM
4/24/2009 2:26:28 PM
the older horse
4/24/2009 2:19:47 PM
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
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
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
4/23/2009 6:54:53 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4/22/2009 6:46:48 PM
4/22/2009 6:18:10 PM
4/22/2009 5:26:27 PM
4/22/2009 5:21:04 PM
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
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
4/22/2009 2:57:38 PM
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
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
4/22/2009 11:22:59 AM
4/22/2009 11:06:39 AM
4/22/2009 11:05:35 AM
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
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
4/22/2009 8:53:43 AM
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
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
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
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
4/22/2009 2:02:58 AM
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
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
4/21/2009 11:54:15 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
4/21/2009 8:24:28 PM
cushing's/ metabolic syndrome
4/21/2009 8:22:00 PM
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
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
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
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
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
4/21/2009 5:38:05 PM
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
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
4/21/2009 5:23:31 PM
Other people being ignorant about vccination of their horses!
4/21/2009 5:23:18 PM
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
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
4/21/2009 5:09:14 PM
the rising cost of care
4/21/2009 5:06:29 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
4/21/2009 4:24:26 PM
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
4/21/2009 4:17:08 PM
Keeping the geriatric equine healthy and comfortable
4/21/2009 4:15:06 PM
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
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
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