Owners invited to take part in major Equine StudySparsholt College is taking part in a major new study to try to understand the challenges faced by owners and carers of horses, ponies and donkeys’ when deciding on the kindest course of action for animals which are at the end of their life. The study aims to gather a more in-depth awareness of attitudes towards equine euthanasia and end of life options.

Jointly funded by World Horse Welfare and the Donkey Sanctuary, 32 students from 15 different establishments will follow a carefully crafted study design. The study will be co-ordinated by Advancing Equine Scientific Excellence (AESE), which is a committee of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF). The data, collected using interviews and focus groups, will be analysed by expert epidemiologists and will provide the funders with a wealth of information on this important topic. This will enable them to develop products and services needed to help support people when such difficult decisions need to be made.

If anyone would like to have their voice heard and take part in this ground breaking study by sharing their story please contact the lead lecturer at Sparsholt College (01962 797535 lorna.cameron@sparsholt.ac.uk). Lorna and the Equine students are looking for participants in the following target groups: Donkey owners or Competition/professional owners

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