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.
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:
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)
How many horses do you own?
Name of main horse:
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English Riding Pony
Age of horse:
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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…
If you have horses that
you have retired, at what age?
Have you ever had a horse related accident?
Current Diet of Your Main Horse Consists of:
Grazing hours per day?
Is it your own property?
Do you have access to a Grass-free area?
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
(click on the boxes)
Crested Dog’s Tail
Is there clover in your pasture?
How long or old is the grass?
Has your pasture ever been fertilised?
If yes, how often was fertiliser applied?
What type of fertiliser?
Do you feed Lucerne Hay?
Do you make your own hay?
What type of grasses are in the hay? (click on the boxes)
Crested Dog’s Tail
What type of chaff?
(please include brand)
(list brands) Include Salt & how much Is your horse
What help do you seek for your horse’s well-being?
Have you ever had your vet take a blood test from your horse?
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Do you have a copy of the blood test?
Anything else you would like to ad
you might see in the paddock
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)
‘Cover Running’ – bolting around when covered
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
Reactive rather than responsive
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
Violent spooks/even at familiar things
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
Any uncharacteristic behaviours
Problems with Movement
Reluctant to move out at the walk, would rather jig-jog
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)
Signs of Staggers:
Zonked look, half asleep
Dull/lethargic but still over-reactive especially to
Heavy on the forehand
Difficulty backing up, going down-hill
Drunken, unsteady gait, gives out in the hind-quarters
Sudden, vertical flicking of head as if a bug has flown up their nose
Violent shaking of their ears
Wanting to rub their nose on their leg all the time or drag it along the ground
‘Boxing’ at their nose
Sacro-iliac and other muscuo-skeletal issues
Paresthesia (severe itching)
Light sensitivity (photophobia)
Urine pH over 8
Puffy around the eyes/sheath
Pads of fat above tail-head, sides of rump, behind shoulders
Crest of neck goes hard
Sore feet, shifting weight from foot to foot
Reluctance to move at all
Rocked back stance
Lies down a lot
Sweating due to pain
Further progression to:
Mechanical damage where laminae have ‘let go’
Pedal bone has rotated
Grows long, sometimes curly coat
Failure to shed
Many signs of metabolic syndrome above
Prone to laminitis
Early onset of ‘saggy back’
Blood tests confirm
Serious Metabolic Problems
Recumbency (inability to stand, flops down flat on their side)
Tetany (lying on their, legs go rigid, periodic paddling)
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’
Soft to sloppy or projectile manure
Wood chewing/eating manure
Urine burning the ground
Loss of appetite
Gastric or intestinal tract ulcers
Exercise or feed related colic
Gaseous colics (extra loud gut noises)
Ill thrift/no topline
Excessive itching (paresthesia)
Weak, scant manes and tails
Poor coat colour
Dry, dull staring coat
Poor hoof wall quality
Geldings behaving like stallions
Hormonal mares/raging seasons
Failure to properly cycle
Abortions/still births/thick plancentas
Contracted tendons/limb deformities
Developmental Orthopedic Diseases
Which of the following do you use
to learn about horse
Publications or magazines
Other horse owners
Other Social Media?
Horse related TV programmes
Calm Healthy Horses Facebook
Other, websites/Google - Describe
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.
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Calm Healthy Horses