Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Nicodemus, Molly C.

Committee Member

Schilling, M. Wes

Committee Member

Jousan, Dean

Committee Member

Memili, Erdoğan

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Animal Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences


Unwanted horses are a growing problem in the United States, and through the use of surveys, researchers can understand public opinion and experiences related to this problem. This study administered surveys specific to horse and non-horse owners through face-toace delivery and to rescue/retirement and auction facilities through the mail. Data was analyzed using a CRD, GLM and Fisher’s Protected LSD with á of 0.05. Comparisons were completed between horse and non-horse owners, horse owners and non-horse owners with equine experience, non-horse owners with and without equine experience, Quarter horse and other breeds owners, and auction and rescue/retirement facilities. Similarities were seen between groups for questions associated with participant location, understanding of processing/harvesting regulations and procedures, processing/harvesting facility restrictions preferences, and knowledge of management cutbacks and rescue facility locations. The only question that was significantly different for all comparisons was concerning the support towards the reopening of equine processing/harvesting facilities.