Survey Shows What Horse Owners Most Fearful Of During Pandemic

A recently released survey sought to determine the impact the coronavirus pandemic was having on horses and stables in England. Results from the 6,000-response survey showed that one-third of owners are worried they will be financially impacted enough to affect the welfare of their horse or horses.

The responses also indicated that only one-third of stables offered horse owners guidance on how the situation was being handled. Owners who had horses on partial or self-care were most concerned with their ability to manage horses with medical needs, reports Horse & Hound.

The purpose of the study was to provide equine-industry stakeholders, like the governing bodies of horse sport and equine charities, a peek into owner’s concerns. This will allow these agencies to best determine how they can assist horse owners. A follow-up survey will be sent in four to eight weeks.

Additional findings showed that between 36 and 48 percent of stables were still allowing owners to ride, though the British Equestrian Federation advised that only necessary riding take place. More than 80 percent of farms had implemented social distancing, but less than 50 percent of farms had taken any other measures to prevent the spread of COVD-19.

It is hoped that the findings will assist in creating guidance for future pandemics.

Read more at Horse & Hound.

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