More than 1,020 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What potential equine emergency concerns you the most?"

results of poll on worries of horse owners

Results were as follows:

  • Colic: 42.82%
  • All of the Above: 39.78%
  • Wounds/Trauma: 7.23%
  • Other: 6.35%
  • Illness/Disease: 2.83%
  • Severe Pain: 0.98%

Readers shared their biggest horse health concerns in the comments below.

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