Participant Information

Invitation
You are invited to participate in a research study to record what feeds and supplements you are currently feeding to your horse/s and your current feed management practices.  The study is being conducted by Claudia Macleay, an honours student from the School of Animal and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University.

Chief Investigator: Claudia Macleay, BEqSc,
Student of Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Email: cmacle05@postoffice.csu.edu.au
Phone: 0438302501

Project Supervisor: Petra Buckley,
Senior Lecturer,
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
Charles Sturt University
Email: pbuckley@csu.edu.au
Phone: 02 69332426

Project Co-Supervisor: Dr Mark Barnett,
Independent Equine Nutritionist
MTB Equine Services
Email: barnettequine@outlook.com

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

1.       What is the purpose of this study?
The findings of this survey will be used to examine current equine nutrition trends in Australia.

People involved in the equine industry, from stud managers to pleasure riders, understand that nutrition is a key element to good horse care and management. While there has been research into the area of what we should feed our horses there is very little research on how we are feeding our horses. The aim of this survey is to collect data that will help us understand what feeds and supplements horse owners and managers across Australia are using, and how that relates to the horses' breed, age, current housing and pasture, and their use, workload or training.

2.       Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
Anyone involved in the feeding and management of horses, from horse owners to managers and trainers, is invited to participate.

3.       What does this study involved?
Participation involves completing this survey which should take 10-20 minutes.   There are several sections, based on horse ages, and owners of a number of horses are encouraged to complete all the relevant sections, which may take a little longer.

The survey is voluntary and all participants will be anonymous. Results will be published once the research project is finalised and will be available online, or a printed copy can be requested.

4.       Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
The survey is designed to minimise any possible risks for participants. Should you feel uncomfortable in completing the survey, please do not participate. It is important to stress that the survey is voluntary.

5.       How is this study being paid for?
As the survey is a key component Claudia Macleay’s research activities at Charles Sturt University, all costs have been subsidised by the university. No external or third-party person is involved or has contributed any resources to the project.

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