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Calling all horse owners

Press release issued: 18 May 2011

The University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences is asking for horse owners to take part in a new research study about the movement of horses between owners in the UK.

The results of the research, by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, will contribute to the health, safety and welfare of horses in the UK.

Horses and ponies are popular companion animals and there are estimated to be between 600,000 and just under a million in the UK [1].

There are many different breeds of horses and ponies, varying in size, body shape and temperament.

Although horses working lives, the period when they can be ridden or driven, can be relatively short, horses can live well into their thirties and many can live for much longer.

Maxine Heijtel, the student who is leading the project at the School of Veterinary Sciences, said: “We are keen to hear from all horse owners over 18 years of age.  We want to know how they acquire, keep and sell their horse(s) in order to improve the health and welfare of Britain’s equines.”

By completing the survey, participants will also have the opportunity to win a £100 tack shop voucher.

To complete the online survey, entitled ‘Movement of horses and ponies between owners in Great Britain’ go to

For more information about the survey, contact Maxine Heijtel on email


Further information

[1] Department for Environment, Food and Agriculture (Defra) & British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC), 2004. A report of research on the horse industry in Great Britain.
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