People in New Zealand who are involved with horses for business or pleasure are invited to participate in an online survey into equine rehabilitation services in the country and their contribution to equine health and welfare.
The study is being conducted through the University of Liverpool (UK), in conjunction with Massey University (NZ). Principal investigator Ms Julia Whitehead is carrying out the research as part of her studies for a Veterinary Physiotherapy Master’s degree.
“We are gathering information about people’s views and experiences with equine rehabilitation services in NZ” she explains. “We are also interested in how these services are valued and how they contribute to equine health and welfare.”
The short one-time online survey should take about ten minutes to complete. All responses will be completely anonymous and will remain confidential.
“Our goal is to get a representative cross section of the population involved with horses and ponies in New Zealand during the last three years” she adds.
You do not have to have used rehabilitation services for your horse to take part. The researchers would also like to hear from those who have chosen not to use the services.
“Your responses will be of great value to us, regardless of your level of previous experience with equine rehabilitation services.”
Professor Chris Riley and Ms Whitehead will analyse the responses and use them to provide information to people in the equine industry, and to help them with decision-making regarding the performance and general health and well-being of horses and ponies.
To take part in the survey, or for more details see: