Poll

A Worrisome Future

What are you most worried about for the future in the equine industry?
(Choose top two)

Parasite resistance
7%
139
Lack of vaccines for impending diseases
3%
55
Emerging diseases
4%
88
Rising costs of owning horses
30%
630
Unwanted horses
34%
707
Loss of equestrian spaces
20%
414
Other (please specify)
3%
71

Total votes cast: 2104

Comments & Write-in Answers

The economy is going to create more horses that people cannot afford to keep.

11/9/2009 10:02:21 PM

everything keeps going up!

11/9/2009 9:43:21 PM

Loss of trails, locally and in state and Federal lands.

11/9/2009 9:22:39 PM

pro horse slauther house

11/9/2009 8:21:57 PM

Too many inferior horses being bred, not enough quality trainers and riding instructors.

11/9/2009 8:04:48 PM

unwanted horses and the rising costs, especially of hay and bedding

11/9/2009 1:01:58 PM

just breaks my heart to see horses being bred for a market that isn't strong anymore

11/9/2009 12:58:15 PM

rescues like ours have high cost feed bills & back yard breeders cause 4 too many unwanted horses

11/8/2009 9:53:46 PM

Please stop breeding horses for simple pleasure...we have too many and they are sold for human food

11/8/2009 1:02:00 PM

& lack of vaccines for new diseases

11/8/2009 12:15:08 PM

I have one with metabolic syndrome - slow onset laminitis

11/8/2009 10:59:28 AM

quality hay production

11/8/2009 8:23:01 AM

Over breeding and backyard breeding. Nursemare foals are also disturbing.

11/7/2009 10:20:40 PM

The Equine Industry as a whole sufferes from neglected,abused .Bigger fines a must

11/7/2009 8:23:33 PM

irresponsible breeding, ownership, or suffering on the part of the horses due to financial situation

11/7/2009 7:59:09 PM

taunting & cruelty to horses by kids (with nothing better to do)

11/7/2009 6:13:45 PM

We are assured that we are getting our horses parasite free. To many horses on smaller pastures

11/7/2009 2:11:56 PM

That owners will ignore the preventative messures such as Chiro. Sports Massage, Dental etc.

11/7/2009 11:09:10 AM

I just think that there's too much breeding while horse go without homes

11/7/2009 8:32:27 AM

If there is no place to live or to ride ?????

11/7/2009 12:36:09 AM

too much control by PETA, HSUS, EPA, etc

11/6/2009 11:48:55 PM

loss of wild horses

11/6/2009 11:16:40 PM

equine abandonment /lack of finances

11/6/2009 8:31:34 PM

Over breeding by greedy horse owners only interested in the money and not about the horses

11/6/2009 7:59:00 PM

Too many irresponsible people buying/breeding horses. They aren't toys!.

11/6/2009 7:05:44 PM

loss of trails

11/6/2009 4:44:08 PM

After losing a horse to EPM this summer, I hope for vaccines/better treatment for the disease.

11/6/2009 4:08:37 PM

Each of your topics are a of concern to all equestrians-unwanted horses are a great concern also!

11/6/2009 4:07:17 PM

Overbreeding and slaughter are my biggest worries

11/6/2009 3:16:12 PM

Loss of trails throughout the country.

11/6/2009 2:46:42 PM

Over Breeding! And Crappy Breeding...Its crazy!

11/6/2009 2:42:51 PM

Ugh...I know about horses...but I need more expert advice.My worries are about my project!

11/6/2009 10:58:07 AM

neglect and abuse

11/6/2009 10:18:41 AM

all the wild horses will be captured and become extinct

11/6/2009 8:43:50 AM

Need Lyme Disease Vaccine

11/6/2009 3:29:59 AM

Emotional and physical equine health being overlooked by industry leaders and clubs.

11/6/2009 12:59:25 AM

could easily choose all of the above

11/5/2009 11:58:36 PM

All this Natural Horsemanship Stuff - not all is horsefriendly. We must learn to read the Horse!

11/5/2009 10:47:22 PM

Between the rising costs and loss of riding areas, horses are not easy to keep anymore.

11/5/2009 9:49:16 PM

I would like to own 2 horses, but the cost keeps me to just one.

11/5/2009 6:52:26 PM

Tick borne diseases are a problem in my area. I can easily pick 6 to 10 ticks off each horse per day

11/5/2009 6:50:54 PM

fewer people involved in the industry, too few young people being exposed to horses

11/5/2009 6:42:39 PM

we need to put a stop to all the backyard breeding and rescue the horses living that need homes for

11/5/2009 5:31:54 PM

with peta ect getting money from gov. we r in more trouble with regard to horse slauthger. it is a n

11/5/2009 4:42:40 PM

laws preventing owners from obtaining vaccines/antibiotics to treat their own animals

11/5/2009 4:32:59 PM

horses were fine until people messed them up!

11/5/2009 3:33:17 PM

The prices of everything is going up. No job, no horse, then what?

11/5/2009 3:20:26 PM

To much government interference,chips,etc.

11/5/2009 3:13:43 PM

too many people do not know the responsibility of owning a horse; they think of 'my little pony'.

11/5/2009 3:02:01 PM

Lack of equine veterinarians

11/5/2009 2:55:34 PM

Too many owners consider horses a throw-away hobby & are the 1st thing to go in a financial crunch

11/5/2009 2:54:54 PM

Closed slaughter houses are causing more suffering for unwanted horses.

11/5/2009 2:32:39 PM

Rural areas are starting to experience the building frenzie.

11/5/2009 2:28:50 PM

There have always been unwanted and starved horses, but now with the internet we can see more.

11/5/2009 2:19:28 PM

Many horse owners have been forced in to giving up their animals due to the econy-No Slaughter!

11/5/2009 1:23:01 PM

lack of interest in our up and coming gereration

11/5/2009 1:16:40 PM

with the slaughter horses not being sold prices of horses falling down so low that good horses are d

11/5/2009 7:11:53 AM

so many horses are being put down because their owners can't afford them.

11/5/2009 6:28:27 AM

Trying save foals from the "nurse mare" industry.

11/5/2009 6:08:07 AM

Mis treatment of stock not checked

11/5/2009 5:25:20 AM

Availability of quality hay due to serious water shortages

11/4/2009 11:38:56 PM

over population of unwanted and/or unusable horses

11/4/2009 11:34:13 PM

Decline in racing options

11/4/2009 9:45:59 PM

horse racing industry in Ohio

11/4/2009 9:13:12 PM

No ban on slaughter

11/4/2009 8:52:24 PM

most worried about obnoxious, limiting laws written by people who have never taken care of a horse

11/4/2009 8:44:49 PM

So many horses are slaughtered for stupid reasons (like many animals I might add).

11/4/2009 8:02:28 PM

the racehorse industry is in trouble

11/4/2009 6:40:44 PM

horse slaughter staying banned: it hurts the horse industry so much having that banned

11/4/2009 5:41:13 PM

I've seen too many cases here in central VA where there are many adoptable, unwanted & uncared 4

11/4/2009 3:55:14 PM

unwanted horse problem is messing up the market

11/4/2009 3:47:39 PM

Government rules rugulations and interference (ie: money grabbing)

11/4/2009 3:18:22 PM

NAIS!!!!!

11/4/2009 3:13:33 PM

Human drugs eg Pergolide for Cushings being withdrawn by regulatory bodies.

11/4/2009 3:11:22 PM

what to do with unwanted horses and rising cost to keep healthy

11/4/2009 3:11:20 PM

Lack of hay and bedding being available and affordable

11/4/2009 2:11:57 PM

We dont need to ship our unwanted horses to Mexico. we nned to do it humanely in the states.

11/4/2009 1:13:59 PM

On going horse abuse, market down, horse meat high on black market.

11/4/2009 1:11:04 PM

Law's to demand Micro chipping

11/4/2009 12:32:13 PM

all horses should have a place to retire when finished w/ their careers...

11/4/2009 12:20:24 PM

irresponsible and uneducated horse owners go along with unwanted horses

11/4/2009 11:58:53 AM

This will surely lead to destroying more horses, maybe even bring back US slaughter houses.

11/4/2009 11:49:29 AM

Alarming lack of equine (or even large animal) veterinarians! My vet just changed to cats/dogs only!

11/4/2009 11:49:25 AM

cost of keeping horses is going up to where only rich will be able to afford them

11/4/2009 11:46:20 AM

I am worried for the horses who are either wild or because of the economy their owners can't keep

11/4/2009 10:30:38 AM

Industry collapse

11/4/2009 10:28:21 AM

People need to be more vigilant with regard to breeding;not only grade horse but all reg.breeds too

11/4/2009 9:48:58 AM

Not so much unwanted horses - but what to do with them

11/4/2009 9:48:08 AM

Unwanted horses and many people simply can't afford them anymore.

11/4/2009 9:42:57 AM

This can be a deadly situation, especially in the case of very contagious, fatal diseases.

11/4/2009 9:30:27 AM

It is getting to expensive to own horses let alone show them to insure their worth on paper.

11/4/2009 9:07:29 AM

Poor sales market

11/4/2009 7:51:49 AM

horse slaughter is on the uprise again. wish more people could afford to keep their horses

11/4/2009 7:39:22 AM

Horses have gone from a way of life to a luxury, but where I live its a luxury few can afford!

11/4/2009 7:30:24 AM

overbreeding causing excess animals and no where to keep them

11/4/2009 7:03:15 AM

I'm afraid horse slaughter plants might reopen-they are NOT the answer for unwanted horses!!!!!!

11/4/2009 7:03:10 AM

Hay shortage, feed costs rising =abandoned horses..sad

11/4/2009 6:21:11 AM

are still taking up open space at an alarming rate! NEED TO STOP

11/4/2009 6:17:30 AM

loss of trails

11/4/2009 5:26:37 AM

very worried about the amount of hores being returned to rescue centres, and more being abandon

11/4/2009 3:28:24 AM

Lack of affordable, good quality hay.

11/4/2009 3:05:55 AM

It is so sad to see the horses leaving this town, except for the influx of the Mexican Charros

11/4/2009 12:06:44 AM

losing land just to keep horses along with places to ride and costs.

11/4/2009 12:04:49 AM

Boarding close to home - expensive. Least expensive - too far away

11/3/2009 11:31:10 PM

That people will be mis-led to believe that reinstating slaughter is an answer to the unwanted horse

11/3/2009 10:54:05 PM

Scary how many free horses I've been offered this year.

11/3/2009 10:53:15 PM

what will we do when we can't ride?

11/3/2009 10:42:57 PM

Price decline on horses

11/3/2009 10:42:41 PM

Steps need to be taken to discourage breeding.

11/3/2009 9:35:16 PM

Individual efforts to adopt can't equal the unwanteds churned out by the industry each year

11/3/2009 9:18:04 PM

abused horses

11/3/2009 9:12:01 PM

Since most horse owners like to trail ride, we need to worry about retaining trails and horse camps.

11/3/2009 9:10:16 PM

more breeding, motre unwanted for rescues to bear the cost of

11/3/2009 9:09:32 PM

That the liberal left will restrict my rights taking from me to give to thoes who do not

11/3/2009 9:09:32 PM

This is the main comntributer to unwanted horses & rising costs. Screw Tract Homes!!!

11/3/2009 8:57:15 PM

I'm worried that I won't be able to care for my horses as I would prefer to

11/3/2009 8:54:47 PM

We need more research NOW to develop new dewormers and inexpensive, easy-to-use "at home" fecaltests

11/3/2009 8:47:51 PM

In this area people are coming in for the country life but don't want the dust and flies

11/3/2009 8:46:52 PM

BLM's poor handling of the Mustangs.

11/3/2009 7:58:32 PM

I'm bothered bt the fact that people are stealing and slaughtering horses for meat.

11/3/2009 7:48:39 PM

here in west aust most of out trails are closed due to developement for housing & not replaced .

11/3/2009 7:46:05 PM

possible return of slaughter

11/3/2009 7:36:08 PM

Most worriesome is the current & future shortage of equine vets; without them, where will we be?

11/3/2009 7:30:57 PM

we need a vaccine for Pigeon Fever-PLEASE contact the about this concern

11/3/2009 7:27:43 PM

I'm very concerned about the plight of the unwanted horse more than any other issue. As humans, I b

11/3/2009 7:22:08 PM

Hay prices & impacts on horse ownership... ending in financial stresses = unwanted horses.

11/3/2009 7:15:07 PM

Lack of vets to replace retiring vets in the south. VERY SCARY!

11/3/2009 7:12:39 PM

The loss of our parks for my trail riding

11/3/2009 6:57:25 PM

i want horse slaughter to stop.

11/3/2009 6:54:30 PM

Loss of common sense

11/3/2009 6:46:26 PM

I think the rising cost of keep horses coupled with careless breed will lead to many homeless horse

11/3/2009 6:39:37 PM

parasite resistance is REAL and not enough people are paying attention - it's deadly!!

11/3/2009 6:09:41 PM

all of the above

11/3/2009 5:43:28 PM

lack of market to sell nice horses

11/3/2009 5:41:30 PM

There are so many aren't there. Unwanted horses and $$ go together.

11/3/2009 5:39:40 PM

Overbreeding of horses without a purpose

11/3/2009 5:32:19 PM

NAIS making horse owership impossible for the average person

11/3/2009 4:59:38 PM

No place to ride out anymore. Too many people!

11/3/2009 4:54:51 PM

Loss of value of the horses, can not sell horses anymore.

11/3/2009 4:48:40 PM

TO many unwanted horses! plus, it is crazy expensive!!! but i still luv it!

11/3/2009 4:41:29 PM

loss of cropland

11/3/2009 4:37:51 PM

Animal rights fanatics ,so called abuse confiscations .

11/3/2009 4:36:30 PM

ever increasing government overreach, e.g. USDA mandates for farm registries & mandatory transponder

11/3/2009 4:31:40 PM

poor breeding practices

11/3/2009 4:29:00 PM

I fear loss of farm/green space to housing developments, so horses have nowhere to go.

11/3/2009 4:28:04 PM

With many people lossing their homes...the animals like the people often have nowhere to go.

11/3/2009 4:21:47 PM

What I am most worried about is related to unwanted horses, but more to do with expendible horses.

11/3/2009 4:03:59 PM

availability of quality bedding eg. shavings due to pellet stove/furnace use

11/3/2009 4:02:00 PM

Continued cruelty via slaughter and mustang gathers

11/3/2009 3:54:49 PM

rising costs of owning horses and unwanted horses are related

11/3/2009 3:46:14 PM

Horse Slaughter

11/3/2009 3:43:36 PM

Rising costs of owning is one factor in the unwanted horse situation

11/3/2009 3:35:44 PM

horse slaughter,when you make the choice to own a horse you must accept the responsibility for their

11/3/2009 3:29:24 PM

In the Chicago area we are loosing more & more places to keep & ride our horses & it costs more too

11/3/2009 3:22:58 PM

Trails being closed to horses.

11/3/2009 3:21:51 PM

Not just the use of space but also loss of agricultural farmland in general to development.

11/3/2009 3:21:30 PM

I have had three horses given to me because the owners could not care for them.

11/3/2009 3:12:32 PM

I worry about becoming numb to the unwanted horse problem.

11/3/2009 3:11:25 PM

Must retain land and costs low

11/3/2009 3:10:11 PM

I've taken as many rescues as I can. I'm on the verge of having to find a rescue for myself!

11/3/2009 3:10:00 PM

lack of outside interest in equine-related sports

11/3/2009 3:05:45 PM

People overbreeding

11/3/2009 3:04:51 PM

Loss of farms/agriculture

11/3/2009 3:00:02 PM

All are real future issues

11/3/2009 2:58:51 PM

Worsening economy

11/3/2009 2:47:31 PM

Rank it. Loss of Equestrain spaces, Cost and unwanted horses

11/3/2009 2:45:49 PM

people are casting aside nice horses...very sad

11/3/2009 2:45:18 PM

We need to re-open the slaughter houses.

11/3/2009 2:40:11 PM

Overbreeding & low demand causing abandonment all over. Rescues have no $ to take them in.

11/3/2009 2:39:39 PM

lack of professional services in rural areas, especially equine vets

11/3/2009 2:32:09 PM

the dollar driven horse slaughter industry revival. don't want it, don't need it, better not reopen

11/3/2009 2:15:14 PM

If a group is allowed to make a change- horse slaughter- they should have to provide a solution

11/3/2009 2:08:44 PM

Too much breeding the Jockey club report 37,426 mares bred in 10 states-just a drop in the bucket.

11/3/2009 11:36:16 AM

I worry about a decline in good horsemanship.

11/3/2009 10:20:13 AM

the loss of trail access is happening now as well as cost of keeping horses

11/3/2009 9:16:11 AM

Over breeding & horse slaughter

11/3/2009 8:55:23 AM

The costs are ridiculous

11/3/2009 8:43:06 AM

All of these are worrisome.Wish I knew the answer

11/3/2009 8:36:24 AM

Both reckless breeding and racehorses

11/3/2009 8:24:09 AM