A Worrisome Future

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

Parasite resistance
Lack of vaccines for impending diseases
Emerging diseases
Rising costs of owning horses
Unwanted horses
Loss of equestrian spaces
Other (please specify)

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


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