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Horse Satisfaction Survey Part 3

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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: 

 

Questions to ask/read from the Horse

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neutral (Neither Agree nor Disagree)

Agree

Strongly Agree

The horse appears to be content/happy with his/her job every day.

 

X

 

 

 

Does the horse have the necessary skill-set to perform his/her job correctly and effectively?

 

 

 

X

 

Does the horse feel his/her voice/opinion is heard when s/he speaks up?

 

X

 

 

 

Does the horse feel valued/appreciated for work s/he does?

 

 

 

X

 

The horse is encouraged to grow, develop and learn.

 

 

X

 

 

The horse understands his/her job requirements.

 

 

 

X

 

When the horse does a good job, the horse receives the praise and recognition the horse deserves.

 

 

 

 

X

Poor performance is evaluated in a respectful manner to determine a resolution.

 

 

 

X

 

The horse is treated with respect.

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value

1

2

3

4

5

Totals

0

4

3

16

10

  

Data Calculation: the scale is from 1 to 5 with 1 = Strongly Disagree and 5 = Strongly Agree.
Add up each column (see Totals row).
Now sum the Totals row = 33
Divide by the number of questions (33/9) = 3.67
On a scale from 1 to 5 this horse rated a 3.67

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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Kim Baker is an author, animal communicator, Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Equine Craniosacral Therapist, natural horse clinician and trainer, and horseback riding instructor specializing in integrating holistic and meditation methodologies into her horsemanship programs, clinics, and retreats. She is also the host of her own talk radio show "The Kim Baker Show ~ the amazing connection between horses, animals and humans!" Kim's passion is helping horse and rider improve their relationship and develop a deeper connection together. For more information call 303-981-2127 or visit our website www.kbnaturalhorsemanship.com

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