Supplement Use and Perceptions: A Survey of U.S. Horse Owners

dc.contributor.advisor Spooner, Holly en_US Swirsley, Nicole en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hoffman, Rhonda en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Brzezicki, Anne en_US
dc.contributor.department Agribusiness and Agriscience en_US 2015-08-25T14:39:37Z 2015-08-25T14:39:37Z 2015-06-25 en_US
dc.description.abstract The pet supplement industry, including equine supplements, contributes over $1 billion annually to the U.S. economy. Little research has examined horse owner use of supplements or opinions regarding safety and efficacy. The hypothesis was that perceptions of use, safety, and efficacy of supplements would differ by rider discipline and competitive versus recreational riders. An online survey including demographics, rider discipline, and 6-pt Likert scale questions examined beliefs regarding supplements. 2,087 responses were collected over 30 days. Perceived horse health issues were positively correlated (P < 0.05; R2 > 0.10) with use of supplements to treat or prevent those issues. There was no difference by discipline or competitive status concerning perceptions on using supplements to treat or prevent issues, or the safety or efficacy of supplements. Most horse owners, regardless of discipline or competitive status, report giving supplements and indicate belief in their safety and efficacy. en_US M.S. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Horse en_US
dc.subject Supplement en_US
dc.subject.umi Animal sciences en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Supplement Use and Perceptions: A Survey of U.S. Horse Owners en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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