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Horse Satisfaction Survey Part 3
In Parts 1 and 2, we discussed the horse as your employee. We also talked about suitability to perform the job at hand, horse behavior as a result of pain, how all of it adds up to potential risk and liability for you, and how to survey your horse to find some answers.
What do the results of the survey mean to you and your horse? The results are going to be very specific to each individual horse and situation, but we'll evaluate the following example to gain a better understanding of what the results are telling us. Background information: 15 year old gelding used for trail riding two to three times a week. Rider has noticed some behavior changes in the horse over the last two months. Sample survey was completed as follows:
Data Calculation: the scale is from 1 to 5 with 1 = Strongly Disagree and 5 = Strongly Agree.
The goal is to get a score of 5. This horse is doing fairly well, but there is a lot of room for improvement. If we continue with our example horse, research was done with an equine consultant and discovered the horse had some low back pain due to an ill-fitting saddle. Once the pain was resolved, the disagree answers became agree answers, and the rider was then challenged with ways to help enrich and challenge the trail horse in his development and learning.
Calculate your horse's data results. Now you get to play detective to find out how to help your horse improve his/her scores. You might want to consider bringing in an expert to help you find solutions. These experts can range from equine consultants to veterinarians and other professional equine body workers. Remember that everything is interconnected within the horse and the best place to start is with the teeth. A happy horse is a willing partner.
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