Owner Worries

What potential equine emergency concerns you the most?

Severe pain
All of the above
Other (Please specify)

Total votes cast: 1023

Comments & Write-in Answers

I both saved my horse from it lost my horse to it, so I know it it is a dire condition.

6/27/2011 11:59:56 PM


6/27/2011 9:18:28 PM

uveitis in horses is there a cure?

6/27/2011 5:08:41 PM


6/27/2011 3:49:29 PM

Severe pain can make the horse much more difficult and dangerous to deal with.

6/27/2011 1:30:49 PM

i have just lost my equine vet. not sure who I will be able to get that isn't greatly expensive

6/27/2011 12:55:09 PM


6/27/2011 12:37:20 PM

I am constantly concerned about the health and well being of my horse.

6/27/2011 6:38:46 AM


6/26/2011 8:23:31 PM

because they all potentially could be indications of severe problems requiring immediate care

6/26/2011 11:30:15 AM

bloating, upset stomach

6/26/2011 1:44:52 AM

It used to be colic until my gelding foundered

6/25/2011 10:24:02 PM

Because I love my horse and wouldnt want any of these to happen.

6/25/2011 7:19:37 PM

Milk in Mares

6/25/2011 4:35:02 PM

Colic begins as the silent killer the early statges often missed by owners.

6/25/2011 8:33:08 AM

Colic AND Hendra virus... nasty.

6/25/2011 12:27:59 AM

Because there are so many things that can cause it.

6/24/2011 11:39:05 PM

Having to make the decision to put one of my babies down because I can't afford the Operation.

6/24/2011 6:02:55 PM

In a rural area, not being able to get vet support by phone or farm call.

6/24/2011 5:37:07 PM

colic or serious injury, afraid of not being able to afford poss surgery 2 give every chance possibl

6/24/2011 5:21:45 PM

Broken bones

6/24/2011 4:48:04 PM


6/24/2011 4:37:00 PM

any one of these is scary!

6/24/2011 3:05:33 PM

Horses will ALWAYS find a way to get hurt.

6/24/2011 1:07:36 PM

anything that requires surgery as the nearest vet hospital is 4hrs away

6/24/2011 12:50:37 PM


6/24/2011 12:03:44 PM

scar tissue, swelling and discomfort in old injuries of tendons, muscles and ligaments.

6/24/2011 11:27:08 AM

people not being open about contagious diseases and not stopping the movement of sick horses.

6/24/2011 9:00:08 AM

All described are serious. Large animal Vets are in short supply, more so in rural areas. HELP!

6/24/2011 8:35:51 AM

colic is so sudden and can be so severe...

6/23/2011 11:55:24 PM

Persistent cough

6/23/2011 11:15:35 PM

right now everything

6/23/2011 7:05:54 PM

Current outbreak of Dryland Distemper--Pigeon Fever in Austin Texas!!!

6/23/2011 6:39:36 PM

We have mustnags and its often they had issues with colic because they ate sand

6/23/2011 5:41:10 PM

ANY problem needing vet care is of great concern to me!

6/23/2011 5:31:05 PM

Very difficult to get to a clinic from our location.

6/23/2011 5:19:53 PM

I have lost 2 horses to colic over the years. It remains my main concern with all my horses.

6/23/2011 5:10:31 PM

I worry about lyme desease as we have many deer,so many ticks.

6/23/2011 4:31:55 PM

Trauma #1 in my book. Disease and colic you can manage until the vet arrives - but trauma is a whole

6/23/2011 4:26:29 PM

all of the above andincombination with natural disasters

6/23/2011 4:21:05 PM

In Phoenix area we have high heat, monsoon winds, possible thunderstorms, disaster prep is critical

6/23/2011 4:08:17 PM

Colic is the only life threatening event I experienced

6/23/2011 4:05:53 PM

fire/ natural disaster

6/23/2011 4:01:25 PM


6/23/2011 3:17:16 PM

Anything expensive!

6/23/2011 2:54:57 PM

trouble fast if away at work

6/23/2011 2:54:04 PM

complications or injury to my mare's pacemaker and lead

6/23/2011 2:45:18 PM


6/23/2011 1:59:03 PM

The outcome its so unpredictable

6/23/2011 12:15:54 PM


6/23/2011 9:55:15 AM

had them all this past year

6/23/2011 9:05:38 AM

Requires a keen eye for the slightest

6/23/2011 8:55:43 AM

viral that you cant vaccinate for

6/23/2011 6:22:20 AM


6/23/2011 6:21:17 AM

Eye injuries concern us

6/23/2011 3:17:36 AM

My horse had it ...twisted..and died

6/23/2011 12:33:10 AM

My gelding has had several colic bouts, requiring vet care

6/22/2011 11:54:31 PM

Horse had one surgery already, won't put him through that again.

6/22/2011 10:22:04 PM

laminitis and treatment

6/22/2011 9:56:12 PM

foaling problems are the worst

6/22/2011 9:03:21 PM

are mesquite beans toxic to dogs

6/22/2011 8:59:02 PM

followed by wounds

6/22/2011 8:41:28 PM

colic always rates first!

6/22/2011 8:00:21 PM

Founder as it can be lifelong, irreversible.

6/22/2011 6:54:52 PM

Even though I always strive to provide the best care posible, horses will be horses!

6/22/2011 5:30:16 PM

Wearther related issues

6/22/2011 4:51:24 PM


6/22/2011 4:32:55 PM

All are concerning, but scariest would be a broken bone

6/22/2011 3:08:58 PM


6/22/2011 2:18:07 PM

Our nightmare is that the horse is treatable but the cost exceeds our budget (in the thousands)

6/22/2011 2:16:42 PM

My horse has hoof problems like crazy. He now has rings on the outer wall and a hole in the midle.

6/22/2011 1:31:03 PM

sudden lameness

6/22/2011 1:23:59 PM


6/22/2011 12:32:01 PM

I have a horse that has siezures -

6/22/2011 11:16:38 AM

All of the above are bad, but im mostly concerned with airborne diseases

6/22/2011 10:09:53 AM

All of the above can be life threatning. All horse owners need to be aware of the signs.

6/22/2011 9:45:29 AM

Wildfire. Here in Florida, it's the worst drought in recorded history. Evacuation will be impossible

6/22/2011 8:33:11 AM

any emergency, we have no vets in the immediate area

6/22/2011 8:27:56 AM

horse getting cast in stall

6/22/2011 7:59:36 AM

I lost my 1/2 Arabian to colic in January 2010. I'll never get over his death.

6/22/2011 7:22:33 AM


6/22/2011 4:46:24 AM

Tick bourne diseases and horse sickness here in Africa. Limited veterinary staff around are biggies

6/22/2011 4:19:15 AM

Can occur for any reason you wouldn't suspect.

6/22/2011 1:09:52 AM

comes on so quickly and your reaction has to be equally quick

6/22/2011 12:51:34 AM

Any one of these sitituations has the possibility of being fatal

6/22/2011 12:46:31 AM

Have dealt with colic, severe injuries, severe pain, and illness in 36 years of owning horses

6/22/2011 12:25:29 AM

Have already been through a colic surgery that saved my horses life, without it he would of died.

6/22/2011 12:00:29 AM

Colic & unspecific lameness issues

6/21/2011 11:48:20 PM

"Servere" Colic that is!!

6/21/2011 10:29:38 PM


6/21/2011 9:53:56 PM

My horses are very important to me so any of the above concerns me

6/21/2011 9:47:43 PM

colic is #1, but they all worry me

6/21/2011 9:38:14 PM

fetlock punture\stake trauma wound

6/21/2011 8:45:52 PM


6/21/2011 8:45:31 PM

Is she comfortable? Does the hay taste good? Is the pasture too rich? etc.

6/21/2011 8:45:05 PM

my horse had a serious injury then pneumonia while recovering from the injury,they all concern me.

6/21/2011 8:16:31 PM

True emergencies all qualify for immediate attending and concern

6/21/2011 8:15:21 PM

foaling problems

6/21/2011 8:10:59 PM

Fracture-dangerous injury, dangerous recovery

6/21/2011 8:10:17 PM

A trailer wreck while on the roadway

6/21/2011 8:08:43 PM

Colic and Laminitis are my 2 biggest worries! Been there, done both!

6/21/2011 7:48:35 PM


6/21/2011 7:32:59 PM

I lost my best friend Ebony a 9 year old APHA mare that was 7 months in foal to the unknown colic do

6/21/2011 6:56:19 PM

national disasters, along with all of the above

6/21/2011 6:39:14 PM

I am concerned about colic, twisted gut and bladder stones.

6/21/2011 6:12:30 PM

Wounds/trauma/pain/colic all bad

6/21/2011 6:07:55 PM

this is the only problem I don't have any control over with wide spread horse movement

6/21/2011 5:59:59 PM

I have lost two horses because of Colic related problems and now I am very paranoid about it!

6/21/2011 5:56:20 PM

eye injuries are my biggest fear, losing an eye.

6/21/2011 5:52:03 PM

colic and laminitis worry me the most.

6/21/2011 5:32:06 PM

I know about 3 people that have had to take their horses to davis for colic surgery

6/21/2011 5:31:33 PM

Allergic swelling/anaphalactic shock in 17 year old gelding.

6/21/2011 5:28:30 PM

I worry about my ability to stop excessive bleeding while transporting to the vet!

6/21/2011 5:26:38 PM

I am concerned about all but injuries and colic would be on the top of the list.

6/21/2011 5:14:01 PM


6/21/2011 5:12:57 PM

because of desert-grown hay, even well managed horses ingest a lot of sand

6/21/2011 5:10:29 PM

Leg fracture

6/21/2011 5:02:36 PM

Trailer Injuries

6/21/2011 5:01:23 PM

surgical trauma, we live sooo far from a surgery

6/21/2011 5:00:16 PM

Also laminitis.Wish my horses could tell me where and when it hurts.

6/21/2011 4:57:30 PM

stiffness of legs

6/21/2011 4:56:56 PM


6/21/2011 4:50:22 PM

Laminitis and founder worry me most

6/21/2011 4:34:49 PM

my horse colicked twice and stepped on a nail once

6/21/2011 4:30:20 PM

tying up

6/21/2011 4:25:40 PM

I am a vet tech so I only get concerned when I cant treat something myself.

6/21/2011 4:24:04 PM

barn fires

6/21/2011 4:23:39 PM

Colic and wounds. They do seem to find a way to hurt themselves without trying

6/21/2011 4:15:51 PM

Laminitis which my horse has suffered is on special diet damages hooves, can repeat horse is IR

6/21/2011 4:14:08 PM

Anything that can result in death

6/21/2011 4:11:55 PM


6/21/2011 4:08:32 PM

anything that compromises performance ability! (I keep my horses for life!!!)

6/21/2011 4:05:49 PM

Laminitis / founder worries me the most.

6/21/2011 4:04:29 PM


6/21/2011 3:58:09 PM

Broken bone.if my horse breaks a bone we have to put him down.we dont have enough money to fix him:(

6/21/2011 3:56:04 PM

All of the above plus founder

6/21/2011 3:51:51 PM

my mare has had impaction and torsion colic- any episode freaks me out as I expect the worst!

6/21/2011 3:47:45 PM

I use Turmeric powder for most wounds and feed it in thier feed along w/conventionial meds 4 lots

6/21/2011 3:42:58 PM

rattlesnake bite

6/21/2011 3:42:01 PM

We raise minis and you must be so careful how much they are fed.

6/21/2011 3:38:50 PM

Anything beyond my personal knowledge is of concern until I get answers & help.

6/21/2011 3:37:24 PM

undiagnosed illness which the vet under-estimates. I have lost two horses this way, vet's fault.

6/21/2011 3:36:14 PM

And the dreaded Laminitis

6/21/2011 3:28:35 PM

laminitis - My mare has Cushings.

6/21/2011 3:27:00 PM

LAMINITIS, I always am concerned if I am manageing their diets properly

6/21/2011 3:26:50 PM

Colic probably concerns me the most.

6/21/2011 3:20:21 PM

natural disasters, mostly wildfire where I live

6/21/2011 3:18:25 PM


6/21/2011 3:16:34 PM

We have ahorse who underwent cecal impaction surgery, so always worried about colic

6/21/2011 3:08:57 PM


6/21/2011 3:02:32 PM

lost one of my best friends to colic

6/21/2011 2:50:33 PM

The weather here in the Northeast has been fluctuating wildly. That's always a concern with water.

6/21/2011 2:47:49 PM


6/21/2011 2:38:39 PM


6/21/2011 2:34:34 PM

There is a mass on my horse's in front of his front legs

6/21/2011 12:09:05 PM

I had a horse colic, was in acute distress, called my attending vet who had seen him before. He tx.

6/21/2011 12:02:10 PM

I board my horse, so I worry an injury/illness won't be noticed when I'm not there.

6/21/2011 11:44:16 AM

I have two very colicy horses and one that Chokes.

6/21/2011 10:30:48 AM

my mare had successful surgery but oxygen deprivation left her an expensive dummy

6/21/2011 8:44:47 AM

i have seen healthy horses lost

6/21/2011 7:04:12 AM

large wound inflamed and weeping green pus from the outside of his throat wound is open

6/21/2011 2:02:28 AM