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Demographic Factors Associated with Prince Edward Island Horse Farm Owner Awareness of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

By Lisa Millican, Raphael Vanderstichel, J. McClure, Kathleen MacMillan

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

The objectives of this study were to determine the proportion of owners of horse farms in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada that were aware of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (CODE) and determine demographic factors associated with awareness. A questionnaire was completed by owners at fifty horse farms. In total, 38% of the farm owners were unaware of the CODE, 48% were aware, but were not familiar with its content and only 14% used the CODE when making decisions on caring for their horses. Owners of private stables were more aware of the CODE than owners of boarding stables. The CODE awareness varied between the three PEI counties and was weakly associated with the number of horses owned by the farm owner. These results will be used to direct educational efforts and further research into CODE awareness and compliance for horses in PEI.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 23
Issue 3
Pages 378-384
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2019.1663739
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Awareness
  3. Code of practice
  4. Demography
  5. Questionnaires