Enlarged thyroid glands are extremely common in adult horses in NZ and seem to have no effect on the well-being and performance of the horse.
Diarrhoea in foals less than 6 months is fairly common most cases are self curing; however, some are very serious and can result in death of the foal, depending on the cause.
Colic is a word describing the symptoms seen when a horse has abdominal pain. These symptoms usually start as very mild signs (looking at its flank, pawing the ground, slightly off feed) and, depending on the cause, can progress to very violent signs (rolling from side to side, sweating, groaning).
Horses that suffer choke are often prone to doing so again. They choke most frequently on greedily eaten dry foods (hay, grain), although it may be a complication of a narrowing of the oesophagus (the tube connecting the mouth with the stomach). Signs seen include the horse being anxious, arching its neck, and retching.
As with humans, the average lifespan of horses is increasing, and now that the cooler weather and winter months are just around the corner, it is important to remember our older equine companions that many of us are caring for.