A survey of horse owners in Great Britain regarding horses in their care. Part 1: Horse demographic characteristics and management

Equine Vet J. 2007 Jul;39(4):294-300. doi: 10.2746/042516407x177538.


Reasons for performing study: Information is scarce as to how horses are kept and managed in the general horse population of Great Britain.

Objectives: To characterise the demographics of horses in Great Britain and assess their care (with particular reference to the respiratory system).

Methods: Horse owners were surveyed using a self-administered postal questionnaire. These owners were selected randomly, following geographical stratification, using 2-stage cluster sampling of veterinary practices and their clients.

Results: The overall response proportion to the survey was 68.2%. An investigation of nonresponse bias detected minimal differences between responders and nonresponders. A summary of the demographic characteristics, feeding and management of horses in a sample of the general population of Great Britain is presented.

Conclusions and potential relevance: Horses are kept under a great variety of conditions with some potentially exposed to high concentrations of organic dusts associated with stabling. This information is relevant to their health and welfare.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animal Husbandry / methods*
  • Animal Husbandry / standards
  • Animals
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Data Collection
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Horses* / physiology
  • Housing, Animal / standards
  • Male
  • Ownership / statistics & numerical data
  • Seasons
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods*
  • Veterinary Medicine / standards