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post #1 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dissertation survey about the welfare of race horses

could you please answer these 6 questions about horse racing for my dissertation :)
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 04:27 PM
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Golly. Rather obvious what your opinion of racing, and steeplechasing specifically is.
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Your survey seems to have quite the negative slant, so I did not complete it.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 05:05 PM
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I have to say I agree with the above posters. I also did not complete the survey because of this. I don't feel that I could express my opinion, since every question is geared to how bad racing is or specific injuries. I suggest re doing your survey and wording it in a way where you can get peoples honest opinions. For example number 4: Instead of saying "do you think horse racing would be safer if the jumps were smaller or even removed" you could make it a short answer and say "Would you change the course in horse racing? for example: adding or removing the jumps, or changing height" That way it doesn't already put into peoples heads that horse racing is unsafe and that it needs to be changed. Just an idea. :)
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Sorry you feel that way guys, this is a dissertation for an equine science degree to analyse statistics. Due to the word limits there isn't really room for open ended answers. Thanks for looking anyway
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 05:15 PM
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why not just make up your own statistics then, thats pretty much what you are doing anyway. Your questions are pretty biased, of course taking out the jumps would make it safer, so would wrapping horses in bubble wrap and keeping them in padded stalls.
You want specific results to your survey so you are rigging the survey. Pretty much like all survey takers do.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 05:18 PM
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I'll complete it I see nothing wrong with the survey.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 05:18 PM
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I did complete the survey - thought it rather silly as facts and figures are readily available.

It seems, as said, very biased against NH racing - which I am not.
The Grand National is an exceptional race - working out the percentages makes it seem as if all horses fell when a lot would have been pulled up. A lot of those pulled up would have been because the ground conditions did not suit that horse.

What would be a far more interesting dissertation would be if you were to look into how much money the race industry actually puts into equine research.

You might want to read an article in Horse and Hound this or last week that horses that had raced as two year olds were less likely to have tendon injuries than horses started later in their lives.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 05:24 PM
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I took it
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-02-2012, 07:00 PM
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Ooh Foxhunter that's an article I'm interested in reading! Will hunt it up and the research behind it. Cheers!
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