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Equine Vet J. 2007 Jul;39(4):294-300.

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

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Division of Companion Animals, Institute of Comparative Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH, UK.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
17722719
DOI:
10.2746/042516407x177538
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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