It's just an emotion: Exploring horse owner perceptions of equine emotions

Hayley Randle, Cathrynne Henshall, Carol Hall, Gemma Pearson, Leeane Preshaw, Natalie Waran

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The need to develop an Equine Quality of Life assessment framework based on evidence-based,observable behaviours that reliably reflect underlying emotional state is becoming clear. The aim of this study was to explore horse owners/practitioners’ understanding and use of equine emotional state in their interactions with horses. An online survey comprising closed and open questions assessing owner/participant demographics, experience and interactions with horses, perceptions of equine emotions and information-seeking behaviour was distributed via social media snowball sampling. 2107 horse owners (n=58, 3% male, n=2033, 96% female, n=16, 1% undisclosed), aged 18-80+ years, n=1367 67.4% leisure riders, n=380 18.5% competitive riders, from 39 different countries participated.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Society for Equitation Science Online Conference 2021: Advancing Equestrian Practice to improve equine quality of life - Online
Duration: 20 Oct 202121 Oct 2021


ConferenceInternational Society for Equitation Science Online Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleAdvancing equestrian practice
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