World Horse Welfare and the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have developed a short survey and are encouraging anyone who is interested in horses to complete it.
The information gathered will be used to design future educational material about horses and to focus research on areas of particular interest. It is not necessary to own a horse, or even to be involved in the equine industry, to participate in the survey, which is anonymous, only takes around 15 minutes to complete, and is available worldwide. Survey respondents need only be over the age of 18 and have an interest in horses. The survey is live now and will be available until 18 December, although this may be extended.
Dr Tamsin Coombs, Programme Director for the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh said: “We at the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education felt that it was important to work with World Horse Welfare on this project as it will hopefully enable us to better understand where equine stakeholders’ needs, interests and priorities lie and therefore guide future research and educational programmes with the ultimate aim of improving equine welfare.”
The link to the survey is HERE. Anyone taking part is encouraged to share it widely to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to take the survey and contribute towards identifying priorities for future education and helping to focus research on areas of particular interest.