Important! Survey Participants Requested for Horse Welfare Study At Guelph University

SurveyThe University of Guelph is a public research university and veterinary school in Canada.  In this survey you are given the opportunity to offer your opinion on your own standards of horse care, changes you would like to see in the marketplace, and the type of governance that you see as beneficial to horse welfare in Canada. You must be a Canadian resident in order to participate.

Surveys such as these are important not only to help graduate students with their work, but to help formulate policy on horse welfare standards in Canada. There are several opportunities to add your own comments and a large free-form text field at the end to include any relevant paragraphs that you would like to add. You will have the opportunity to comment on horse slaughter as well.

From the Survey:

Industry views of the prevalence and perception of horse welfare issues in Canada

You are asked to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Katrina Merkies and Lindsay Nakonechny, from the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. The results of this project will contribute to the fulfillment of a graduate student major project.

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Katrina Merkies: Faculty Supervisor

Associate Professor

Dept. of Animal & Poultry Science
University of Guelph

Guelph, ON, Canada. N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120 x54707

 Lindsay Nakonechny: MSc student

University of Guelph

(780) 819-4914

This survey-based study is distributed to the Canadian horse enthusiast population in order to examine the current state of the Canadian horse industry and determine prevalence and perceptions of horse welfare issues. The objectives are to understand industry management practices, rationale and frequency for contacting veterinarians, attitudes towards horse behaviour and welfare issues, and how information is acquired. By completing an online survey, the data will be compiled to determine industry prevalence and predominant opinions of horse welfare issues in Canada. Once major areas of concern for horse welfare are identified, feasible and effective solutions can be developed to improve horse welfare in Canada.

If you volunteer to participate in this study, we would ask you to do the following things:
To take part in this survey, you must be 18 years of age and a resident of Canada. Please take the time to read each question clearly and carefully, and answer honestly and to the best of your ability. If you feel uncomfortable answering any question, you have the option to skip a question. There are no right or wrong answers. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes of your time.

To thank you for your help, there is an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a two-week online education course (choice of Behaviour & Safety, Colic Prevention, or Biosecurity course offered in Fall 2015 or Winter 2016) offered by Equine Guelph (valued at $75 + tax)! At the end of the survey, you will be asked to provide your email address if you choose to enter the prize draw or wish to receive the results of the research. The chance of winning is estimated at 1 in 100.

Evaluation of the current state of the Canadian horse industry is a first step towards developing welfare-friendly horse care standards. The data will identify areas of horse welfare concern, potential strategies to improve welfare, and effective methods of information delivery on optimal care and management to horse enthusiasts. In addition, these results will help develop a Canadian-based horse welfare assessment model, which can be translated to a welfare assessment audit by third-party groups. Attention to horse welfare issues will ensure responsible on-farm and facility care of horses.

Take the Survey!





  1. Surveys are great as well as more regulations for horse care. If there is no enforcement conditions do no improve. The Code of Practice introduced in 2013 was supposed to be a break through in animal care but seems to have been forgotten.

  2. Glenda Steinley · ·

    Passing on another site that one might want to use for gathering names for petitions which is global and may draw additional support in our efforts to end slaughter of horses. . This site contains animal welfare category and if nothing else, worthy of supporting the various petitions also.

  3. Sandie · ·

    does not work on all questions and I was half way thru and tried to save it and it would not let me save my survey!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Oh no! Maybe you can give one of them feedback on the functionality?

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