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NZ EQUINE HEALTH & BEHAVIOUR SURVEY 2018
Conducted by Calm Healthy Horses NZ
What is the purpose of the Survey? As there is currently no information or statistics on the incidences of serious issues such as head flicking, behavioural problems or laminitis or the challenges of modern day horse keeping, the purpose of this survey is to gather relevant data in order to improve our education platform. Privacy Policy All information gathered, including your personal information, is for the purpose of this Survey ONLY and will not be shared or used for any other purpose. I authorise my email address, To receive notification of the Survey Results To receive other relevant information on this subject, I would prefer no further contact. Each completed and Submitted Survey
  • Will go in the draw to win a Pet Portrait (value $250.00) by Justine Woosnam (visit facebook site Drawn To Nature)
  • Generate a donation to a NZ equine charity. Please indicate which Charity would you like to support: RDA, Equine Rescue Charity
  • Who should complete the Survey? All horse owners for their main horse. For the Survey to provide unbiased information we would appreciate all horse owners participating no matter what kind of horse they have, whether they have problems or not. If you have more than one main horse, please fill one out for each.(Please complete and submit the Survey by 30 September 2018)
    Name:
    Address:
    Email address:
    Date:
    Location:
    Phone:
    How many horses do you own?
    Name of main horse:
    Breed:
    Age of horse:
    Discipline:
    Approximate weight:
    At any stage have your problems become so bad you have Turned a horse out Had them PTS Given them away
    The Reason for the above was… Laminitis Colic Dangerous Behaviour Head Flicking Unresolvable issues
    Please describe
    If you have horses that
    you have retired, at what age?
    Have you ever had a horse related accident?
    Yes
    No
    Current Diet of Your Main Horse Consists of:
    Pasture
    Grazing hours per day?
    Is it your own property?
    Yes
    No
    Do you have access to a Grass-free area?
    Yes
    No
    How much grazing do you pay
    per horse per week?
    What does this include?
    What is your biggest challenge when it
    comes to keeping your horse healthy?
    What sort of grass is your horse
    grazing
    on?
    (click on the boxes)
    Rye Grass
    Prairie Grass
    Kikuyu
    Crested Dog’s Tail
    Timothy
    Brown
    Top
    Cocksfoot
    Sweet Vernal
    Yorkshire Fog
    Barley Grass
    Mixture
    Don’t Know
    Is there clover in your pasture?
    Yes
    No
    How long or old is the grass?
    Has your pasture ever been fertilised?
    Yes
    No
    If yes, how often was fertiliser applied?
    Click here.
    What type of fertiliser?
    Hay
    Do you feed Lucerne Hay?
    Balage?
    Do you make your own hay?
    No
    Yes
    What type of grasses are in the hay? (click on the boxes)
    Rye Grass
    Prairie Grass
    Kikuyu
    Crested Dog’s Tail
    Timothy
    Brown
    Top
    Cocksfoot
    Sweet Vernal
    Yorkshire Fog
    Barley Grass
    Mixture
    Don’t Know
    Chaff
    What type of chaff?
    Hard feeds
    (please include brand)
    Supplements
    (list brands) Include Salt & how much Is your horse Shod? Barefoot?
    What help do you seek for your horse’s well-being?
    Veterinarian
    Chiropractor
    Physiotherapy
    Acupuncture
    Equissage
    Laser treatment
    Saddle Fit
    Homeopathy
    Hair Testing
    Herbs
    Animal Communicator
    Bach Flower
    Remedies
    Other
    Have you ever had your vet take a blood test from your horse?
    Yes
    No
    Do you have a copy of the blood test?
    Yes
    No
    Anything else you would like to ad
    ?
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    Issues
    Signs
    -
    you might see in the paddock
    Fence walking/running
    Separation anxiety/herd bound
    Shies away when approached
    Doesn’t like strangers or ‘men’
    Aggressive with other horses or towards you
    Dislikes cover going on
    Random bolting – in the paddock (or when ridden)
    Tail whipping/clamping
    ‘Cover Running’ – bolting around when covered
    Generally agitated
    Stands kicking out the back with hind legs
    Photophobic – can’t stand the light, head low/aeroplane ears
    Itching on anything and everything
    ‘Narcolepsy’, falling asleep on their feet
    Problems with Grooming/Tacking Up/Floating
    Abnormally ‘Twitchy’ when touched
    Doesn’t want to be brushed/cranky/grumpy
    Girthy/reaches around to bite when being saddled
    Cold-backed, takes little short steps when first saddled
    Ear-shy/difficult to halter or bridle
    Uncharacteristic, even violent ‘pulling back’ when tied
    Bad with needles
    Doesn’t like to hold legs up, trimmer/farrier has to keep them low
    ‘Snatchy’ when picking up their legs
    Rushing through narrow spaces like gateways
    Gets easily anxious, does little sloppy manure
    Overly claustrophobic when floating/rushes off/ panics at feel of back bar
    Endless saddle-fitting issues
    Problems with Ground-work or Lunging
    Tense, worried expression
    Excessive yawning
    Reactive rather than responsive
    Argy-bargy/seems belligerent
    Objects to basic ground-work – leaps/plunges/rears/kicks out
    Hollows out/wants to travel with head in the air
    Leans in, goes too fast
    Short-stepping, tight behind
    Explosive trot to canter transitions
    Swaps leads behind
    Intermittent, nebulous lameness, uneven
    Problems with Riding/Schooling
    ADHD/no attention span
    Sweats in odd places or with little exertion
    Limited progress with schooling
    Nose rubbing
    Head-flicking/shaking
    Violent spooks/even at familiar things
    Over-reactive/hyper-sensitive
    Resents the leg/kicks out when leg is applied
    Impulsive/wants to run off or go too fast
    Excessive tail swishing
    Can’t cope with pressure/loses the plot when adrenalin gets up
    Unreasonable separation anxiety
    Rears/bucks/leaps/plunges
    Nappiness/no go
    Any uncharacteristic behaviours
    Problems with Movement
    Reluctant to move out at the walk, would rather jig-jog
    Moves ‘stiffly’
    Muscle sore
    Tight hamstrings/short-stepping/choppy/hard to sit
    Wants to hollow out
    Permanent ‘veer’ in one direction
    Trouble with canter – ‘sacro-iliac’ problems – ‘bunny-hopping’/disuniting
    Hitches a hind leg
    Stringhalt (hyper-flexion of hind-limbs)
    Locking stifles
    Signs of Staggers:
    Zonked look, half asleep
    Dull/lethargic but still over-reactive especially to
    noise
    Heavy on the forehand
    Bolshy/bargy
    Stumbles/knuckles over/drags
    toes
    Difficulty backing up, going down-hill
    Drunken, unsteady gait, gives out in the hind-quarters
    Falls over
    Head-flicking/shaking:
    Sudden, vertical flicking of head as if a bug has flown up their nose
    Violent shaking of their ears
    Muzzle twitching
    Wanting to rub their nose on their leg all the time or drag it along the ground
    ‘Boxing’ at their nose
    Hyper-sensitivity
    Sacro-iliac and other muscuo-skeletal issues
    Paresthesia (severe itching)
    Light sensitivity (photophobia)
    Agitation
    Urine pH over 8
    Metabolic Syndrome
    Puffy around the eyes/sheath
    Bloodshot eyes
    Cresty Neck
    Pads of fat above tail-head, sides of rump, behind shoulders
    Various edemas
    Frequent Urination
    Laminitis
    Crest of neck goes hard
    Walking stiffly
    Sore feet, shifting weight from foot to foot
    Progresses to:
    Reluctance to move at all
    Rocked back stance
    Lies down a lot
    Sweating due to pain
    Further progression to:
    Founder
    Mechanical damage where laminae have ‘let go’
    Pedal bone has rotated
    Convex soles
    Extreme pain
    Cushing’s Syndrome
    Grows long, sometimes curly coat
    Failure to shed
    Many signs of metabolic syndrome above
    Depressed
    Prone to laminitis
    Sweats easily
    Early onset of ‘saggy back’
    Muscle loss
    Blood tests confirm
    Serious Metabolic Problems
    Tying Up
    Recumbency (inability to stand, flops down flat on their side)
    Tetany (lying on their, legs go rigid, periodic paddling)
    Convulsions/seizures
    Respiratory
    Rhinitis (inflammation and/or ulceration of nasal membranes)
    Excessive snorting/head tossing
    No puff when exercised
    Coughing on exertion
    Raspy breathing, audible even at rest
    Pasture heaves/difficulty with expiration
    Hyper-ventilation (rapid shallow breathing)
    Seems to have ‘allergies’
    Digestive
    Soft to sloppy or projectile manure
    Wood chewing/eating manure
    Urine burning the ground
    Loss of appetite
    Depressed/grumpy
    Gastric or intestinal tract ulcers
    Exercise or feed related colic
    Gaseous colics (extra loud gut noises)
    Ill thrift/no topline
    Skin/Hoof Conditions
    Mud-fever/sunburn
    Rain scald
    Hair loss
    Excessive itching (paresthesia)
    Weak, scant manes and tails
    Poor coat colour
    Dry, dull staring coat
    Poor hoof wall quality
    Repeated abscessing
    Thrush
    Seedy toe
    Reproductive
    Geldings behaving like stallions
    Hormonal mares/raging seasons
    Failure to properly cycle
    Difficulty conceiving
    Abortions/still births/thick plancentas
    Contracted tendons/limb deformities
    Developmental Orthopedic Diseases
    Which of the following do you use
    regularly
    to learn about horse
    care?
    Your vet
    Publications or magazines
    Other horse owners
    Trainers/clinics
    Facebook
    Other Social Media?
    On-line forums
    Horse related TV programmes
    calmhealthyhorses.com website Calm Healthy Horses Facebook
    Other, websites/Google - Describe
    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.
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