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The Joint Health Survey

Data was gathered from the UK, Belgium and Netherlands.

1651 horse owners took part in the following proportions

  • Dressage - 22%
  • Hacking - 19%
  • Eventing - 16%
  • Jumping - 13%
  • Riding Club - 8%
  • Showing - 6%

Joint disease is common

  • 66% of horses have a lameness associated with joints
  • 20% of horses have taken more than 1 year off work
  • 36% had developed their condition by the time they were 8 years old

Joint disease is costly!

  • 32% spent more than the equivalent of £2000 on joint disease
  • 64% needed up to 5 vet visits
  • 21% required up to 10 vet visits
  • 17% missed more than 20 competitions

Joint disease is worrying

  • 76% of riders worry about the horse developing osteoarthritis
  • 31% had to retire their horse early
  • 86% would not buy a horse with joint problems

 74% use a joint supplement