Mississippi State University
Nicodemus, Molly C.
Schilling, M. Wes
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
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.
Lindsey, Shannon Alina, "The Unwanted Horse Population: A Survey" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 4680.