Survey will provide snapshot of Indiana horse industry

February 17, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University hopes to learn more about the Indiana horse industry through three public surveys.

The Equine Economic Impact and Health Study survey is open to all horse owners and breeders, those in the horse racing industry and anyone who sells horse products or services, said Purdue Extension equine specialist Mark Russell. The online survey is a joint research project of the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and Purdue Calumet Equine Business Management.

The last survey of the Indiana horse industry was in 2001.

"We need this survey to give us input and an accurate representation of the current industry," Russell said.

In addition to determining economic impact, the survey will identify equine health issues, which will direct future Purdue research, education and treatment. The survey also will quantify the number of people involved in the horse industry, animals by breed and common use of horses within the industry, Russell said.

The survey is confidential, and information from respondents will be used only for equine industry research. All survey participants must be at least 18 years of age.

There are three parts to the survey: Indiana Horse Show Survey, Indiana Race Track Survey and Equine Business and Owners Survey. Each section takes about 30 minutes to complete.

To take the survey, visit Deadline for completion is May 1.

Writer: Jeanne Gibson, 765-494-8042,

Source: Mark Russell, 765-494-7677,

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