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Owner-reported equine health disorders: results of an Australia-wide postal survey
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008
Australian Veterinary Journal
Volume 83, Issue 8, pages 490–495, August 2005
How to Cite
COLE, F., HODGSON, D., REID, S. and MELLOR, D. (2005), Owner-reported equine health disorders: results of an Australia-wide postal survey. Australian Veterinary Journal, 83: 490–495. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2005.tb13301.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008
- Accepted for publication 24 January 2005
Objective To establish the prevalence of health disorders reported by horse owners registered with veterinary practices in Australia.
Design and method
Mailed questionnaire-based study of horse owners in Australia conducted in 2001.
Data were obtained for 3901 horses belonging to 621 owners. The most prevalent health disorders were non-laminitic lameness (13.0%), skin disorders (6.1%) and behavioural disorders (4.5%). Prevalence of health disorders varied among different age, breed and sex categories within the study population, and disorders were more prevalent in male and older horses.
The most frequent disorders reported by owners were lameness, skin disorders and behavioural disorders. The disease profile was similar to that described in other owner reported studies conducted in the UK and USA.