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Table 7 Welfare Societies – Most common medical problems on relinquishment

From: A demographic survey of unwanted horses in Ireland in 2011 and totals for 2012 and a comparison with 2010

Organisation Most common medical problems on relinquishment
A Leg injuries
Skin disease
Impalement injuries
Lacerating wounds
B Severe emaciation
Liver disease
Problems with feet (laminitis and abscesses most commonly)
Parasitic infestations
Dental problems
C Liver disease
Parasite infestations
Laminitis
Eye injuries
Ringworm
Emaciation
D Emaciation
Parasite infestation
Lameness
Foot issues
E Foot problems
Lameness
Parasite infestation
Laminitis