British Horse Survey reveals welfare concerns an issue for owners
Published 31/05/2011 | 05:00
Horse welfare is a major issue in Britain too, as the results of a survey from leading international equine charity World Horse Welfare revealed recently.
More than 14,000 people responded to the 'Great British Horse Survey', with more than three quarters describing themselves as horse owners.
The findings revealed that only one in four horse owners ranked the risk of infectious disease highly, despite the emergence last year of the first cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) in Britain for three decades.
The overall perception of horse welfare in sports was quite positive, but some are considered to be better.
When asked 'How well do you think the treatment of horses is regulated in the following sports?', the sport of eventing came out on top as 84pc of respondents said that the treatment of horses was either 'quite well', 'well-regulated' or 'very well-regulated'. This was followed by dressage at 80pc, show jumping at 77pc and endurance at 74pc.
However around one in four horse owners surveyed thought the regulation of treatment of horses in flat racing and jump racing was "quite poor, poor or very poor", and almost one in five thought the same for polo and hunting.
When asked about the significant rise in horse welfare concerns, different factors were quoted depending on whether individual horses or groups of horses were suffering.