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Covid-19 follow-up survey of UK equine owners

Please see below for details of a survey on equine (not just horse – I checked) owners which you might like to complete.  While it focuses on people keeping their equines on yards, there are interesting questions which relate to professionals that we use and whether Covid 19 has altered their practice, and also about us as humans.

Dear member,

At the end of March 2020 NEWC President, Dr David Marlin and colleagues* ran a survey to understand the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic on UK horse owners. The survey found the majority of owners felt they had been affected by the pandemic and associated quarantine restrictions. Most livery yards had put in place some form of control measures to reduce the spread of transmission of the virus but only a third of horse owners felt fully informed. Most owners had not experienced issues accessing veterinary and other professional services, but two-thirds were worried about the long term financial impact of the pandemic and how this could inform equine management, health and welfare in the future.

Six months further on from the first survey Dr Marlin and colleagues want to understand if and how the situation facing UK horse owners has changed. They are launching a follow-up survey today. As a member of NEWC, we would like to invite you to support the survey’s distribution by completing the survey (if applicable) and circulating it to your network.

The survey should take no more than 5-minutes and no personal data will be collected. We hope you will be able to help with engaging as many UK horse owners as possible. 

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on UK horse owners: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Horse_COVID_impact_Oct_2020

Anonymised data will be shared with various stakeholders including NEWC, World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society, British Equestrian, the British Equine Veterinary Association and the RSPCA. The results will also be made public as soon as they are available. With this information, it should be possible to develop a better understanding of the effects of the ongoing situation, with the aim of being able to produce more targeted advice and support for horse owners, yard managers/owners and equestrian professionals.

If you have any queries or questions then please do get in touch.

With thanks,

Dr Rachel Kay|Executive Secretary

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