[Prevalence of health problems in midlife Swiss warm-blooded horses].

Altermatt, N.; Dolf, G.; Ramseyer, A.; Burger, D.; Gerber, V. (2021). [Prevalence of health problems in midlife Swiss warm-blooded horses]. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 163(5), pp. 339-350. Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte 10.17236/sat00301

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The breeding of a healthy horse is the basic requirement for optimal performance. This is also specifically stated in the breeding goal of the Swiss warmblood horse and should be achieved through a strict selection of the stallions. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the current state of the population to optimize breeding. Data on the health status of Swiss warmblood horses in the age between 6 and 16 years (midlife) were collected by a telephone survey and analyzed descriptively. Following the heritability of the most common health problems were estimated. Data on 1,861 horses were collected between 2016 and 2018. Lameness (34%), colic (22%), sarcoids (19%), and pastern dermatitis (16%) were among the most common health problems, followed by back problems (13%), cough (10%), urticaria (10%), free fecal water syndrome (9%), nasal discharge (8%) and sweet itch (4%). Lameness was observed in 49% of the cases in the forelimbs, in 25% in the hindlimbs and in 26% in both. 27% of horses with colic have been hospitalized once and 8% have undergone colic surgery. Sarcoids became fewer or smaller in 89% of the treated and in 58% of the untreated horses. A significant relationship between treatment and the status of the sarcoids was demonstrated (p .

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Institute of Genetics
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > ISME Equine Clinic Bern > ISME Equine Clinic, Internal medicine
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

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Altermatt, Nicole, Dolf, Gaudenz, Ramseyer, Alessandra Anna, Burger, Dominik Cyrill, Gerber, Vinzenz


500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture




Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte




Ursula Therese Horst

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07 May 2021 14:43

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02 Mar 2023 23:34

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Caractéristiques de santé Gesundheitsmerkmale Health characteristics Heritabilität Kolik Krankheitshäufigkeit Lahmheit Parole chiave: Caratteristiche della salute Pferdezucht Sarkoid boiterie colic coliche colique disease prevalence ereditabilità frequenza della malattia fréquence de maladie horse breeding héritabilité lameness sarcoid sarcoide sarcoïde zoppia ­allevamento dei cavalli ­heritability élevage de chevaux





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