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Title Show Horse Welfare
Publication Date
Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Agricultural Education
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher Purdue University
Abstract In recent years there has been an increase in the public's attention to situations where trainers, owners, and handlers have compromised the well-being of show horses for the sake of winning. These situations may be due to training negligence or naivety of individuals working with the horse. Either way, due to these incidents, increasing pressure has been placed on the horse industry to address show horse welfare. The purpose of this research was to expound on the welfare of stock-type show horses through the perspective of those directly involved; considering the understanding of welfare, the value placed on welfare, and ethical and mooral decisions that impact the welfare of stock-type show horses. ^ Chapter 3 presents a study on the viewpoints of horse show officials. The purpose of this first study was to gain a better understanding of horse show officials' views on compromises to horse welfare. Thirteen horse show officials, including judges, stewards and show managers, were interviewed. Findings revealed the officials had an incomplete understanding of animal welfare and a high level of concern regarding the public's perception of show horse welfare. Most frequently observed compromises to show horse welfare were attributed to a) novices', amateurs', and young trainers' lack of experience or expertise and b) trainers' and owners' unrealistic expectations and prioritization of winning over horse welfare. The officials emphasized a need for distribution of responsibility among associations, officials, and individuals within the industry. ^ Chapter 4 presents a study on horse show competitors' understanding, awareness, and perceptions of horse welfare. The purpose of this second study was not only to gain a better understanding of stock-type horse show competitors understanding of welfare and level of concern for stock-type show horses' welfare, but also to gain a better understanding of empathic traits related to the perception of understanding of horse welfare. The participants of this study were competitors of stock-type horse shows within the United States, which included individuals who competed at stock-type breed shows, open shows, and reining competitions. Data were collected through an online questionnaire, which included questions relating to (a) interest and general understanding of horse welfare, (b) welfare concerns in the horse show industry as a whole, and specifically the stock-type horse show industry, (c) decision-making influences, and (d) level of empathic characteristics in survey participants. Findings revealed a high level of interest about the topic of show horse care and treatment. The vast majority of respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that physical metrics should be a factor when assessing horse welfare while fewer agreed behavioral and mental metrics should be a factor of assessment. Overall respondent empathy levels were moderate to high and were positively correlated to the belief that mental and behavioral metrics should be a factor of assessing horse welfare.…
Subjects/Keywords Agricultural Education; Animal Sciences; Veterinary Medicine
Contributors Colleen Brady; Colleen Brady; Abigail Borron; Kristina Hiney; Mark Russell; Jennifer Richardson
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:docs.lib.purdue.edu:open_access_dissertations-1552
Repository purdue-diss
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2019-10-07
Created Date 2015-01-01 08:00:00

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…Subtheme 2.d. Prioritization of winning. .............................................. 111 3.3.3 Theme 3. Responsibility for Addressing the Issue .................................... 112 3.3.4 Theme 4. Value of Education

…be a factor used in the assessment of welfare ....................................................................... 139 Table 4.8 Pearson’s correlation between factors for assessing welfare and agricultural background, age, and gender…

…injuries during competition, evaluating and improving rules and regulations, and providing education specifically regarding elimination of inhumane practices. Third, the Federation Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) Code of Conduct for the Welfare of…

…retirement, and making certain equestrians gain education relevant to their discipline/area and the care and management of the competition horse. In addition to establishing these guidelines, some industry organizations have taken additional measures to…

…they deemed most vital to the welfare of the American 4 Quarter Horse, which included “penalties, AQHA Steward program, equipment, communication and education, treatment of the animal, security, judges, and medication and drugs” (AQHA: Animal…

…These include such practices as soring, withholding food and/or water, deliberately harming a horse, and draining blood from a horse. 1.1.2 Horse Industry’s Commitment to Education In regard to the study at hand, it is imperative to note the importance…

…placed on education. The AHC’s Welfare Code of Practice states, WE ARE COMMITTED to educating owners, trainers, veterinarians, competitors, competitors and recreational riders to ensure that they know and respect their 6 horse’s abilities and limits…

…and their own, so as to not push the horse or themselves beyond their ability level… WE ARE COMMITTED to providing continuing education on all activities involving horses and eliminate inhumane practices as well as strengthening sanctions for non…