Understanding peoples' perception of Equitation Science

We would like to invite you to take part in a survey evaluating peoples understanding and perception of equitation science, and the role of the International Society for Equitation Science. 

This is an anonymous survey, we will not collect any personal information about you. It is our intention to share the results with the International Society for Equitation Science and potentially key stakeholders involved with the equestrian sector, to help inform the future direction of the Society and to determine the best methods to disseminate equitation science principles to a wide audience. The results may be published in peer reviewed papers and via articles in the equestrian lay press.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this research. You are required to be over the age of 18 years old to take part in this survey.

The questionnaire should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. By filling out this questionnaire you are indicating your voluntary informed consent for your results to be included in data analysis. You are free to withdraw without giving a reason up the point of pressing submit at the end of the survey. Ethical approval for the study has been granted by the Hartpury University Ethics Committee.

This survey is a joint project between Dr Jane Williams, Dr Hayley Randle and Kate Fenner on behalf of the International Society of Equitation Science. If you have any questions or comments regarding this survey please use the box provided at the end of the survey or contact Jane on jane.williams@hartpury.ac.uk

Thank you for taking part in our research.

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* 1. By ticking this box you are agreeing to the conditions above and consenting to participate in this survey

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* 2. Are you aware of the concept of equitation science?

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* 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

  Completely agree Strongly agree Slightly agree Slightly disagree Strongly disagree Completely disagree I don't know
Equitation science promotes objective and evidence-based horse training
Equitation science supports a better quality of life for working horses, donkeys and mules
Competition horses have poorer welfare than horses used for pleasure / recreational riding
Equitation science describes the study of horse behaviour and learning theory
Equitation science is a training method
Equitation sciencepromotes positive horse human relationships
Equitation science enables horse owners and riders to be able to understand their horse/s more
Equitation science is useful for riders that compete at high levels
Natural horsemanship methods can not use equitation science
Equitation science is difficult to find research on horse behaviour and training
The most important aspect of training is leadership and for the horse to respect you
Equitation science takes a multidisciplinary approach to improve equine welfare
Equitation science encourages an ethical approach to horse handling, training and management
Horse training does not need to change

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* 4. What do you believe are the three most important issues facing recreational / pleasure horses?

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* 5. What do you believe are the three most important issues facing competition horses?

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* 6. What do you believe are the three most important issues facing working donkeys, mules and horses (e.g. riding school horses, beach donkeys, police horses, or those used to transport goods or pull carts)?

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* 7. Which of the following do you use to find outabout updates in equestrian research and / or practice?

  Use all the time Use often Use occassionally Do not use This option is not accessible to me
Friends and family
Equestrian coach / instructor
Horse trainer
Academic papers and journals
Horse magazines
Social media
Attending academic conferences
Attending equestrian training events / days / clinics / CPD
Word of mouth
Veterinarian
Equine behaviour consultant
Other equine professional e.g. farrier, physiotherapist etc
Books
Videos
Podcasts / webinars
Online training courses

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* 8. Would you like to learn more about equestrian related research; please tick all that apply.

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* 9. Would you be interested in participating in citizen science style projects related to equitation science (e.g. working with researchers to collect data related to equestrian activities, often using surveys, websites or social media)?

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* 10. Would you be interested in attending short course or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) style courses in equitation science?

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* 11. Which of the following best describes your role in the equestrian sector; please rank in order of priority from 1 main role to 7 least important role.

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* 12. Are you a current member of the International Society for Equitation Science

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