At the end of March 2020 a team of researchers including NEWC President, Dr David Marlin, 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 researchers Dr David Marlin, Dr Jane Williams of Hartpury University and Dr Hayley Randle from Charles Sturt University want to understand if and how the situation facing UK horse owners has changed. They are launching a follow-up survey today. We would welcome your support in completing the survey (if applicable) and sharing the link with 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
The survey should take no more than 5-minutes and no personal data is collected. The results will be made public as soon as possible. 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.
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.