What is the purpose of this study?
This project aims to identify both physical and behavioural attributes that are desired in retired Australian racehorses that are participating in a different equestrian role. The aim will be achieved through the following objectives:
1. Use qualitative research methods to identify desirable attributes of retired racehorses in a successful post racing career.
2. Indicate if these attributes can be supported while still racing and specify next research steps.
Conducting this research should help the Australian racing industry to address the very relevant issue of re-homing racehorses after they retire from the track.
Previous research in the U.S. has shown that temperament, presence of vices, gender, age, height, degree of training and physical limitations are factors which affect a retired racehorse’s ability to be re-homed and perform well in a new career. This survey will be asking similar questions related to the characteristics and temperament of the retired racehorse, both on the ground and when ridden, to identify those attributes desired from an Australian perspective.
Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
The project is seeking owners of retired racehorses within Australia to participate in this research project. You have found and been encouraged to complete the survey, maybe via social media, a link on an Equestrian organisation website or as a recommendation.
If you are not currently 18 years of age or over, unfortunately you are not eligible to participate.
What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you are asked to complete this online survey that should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.
At the end of the survey you will be asked for your name, contact number and email for the purpose of helping with further research in this area. You can choose not to provide your details. Any personal contact details are protected under the Data Protection Act (2018) and will not be shared. If you do choose to provide your contact details, only the researchers listed above will be in touch with you.
The responses you provide to the survey questions will be separated from your contact details (should you wish to provide them) by the survey administrator, who is not affiliated with this research. Therefore, the answers you provide in the survey will remain anonymous.