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Racehorse Survey Help Needed

Hello! My name is Dr. Danielle Smarsh, and I am an Equine Extension Specialist at Penn State University. I am reaching out to see if you can help out myself and my graduate student, Erin. We are conducting a survey of horses in Pennsylvania and their feeding and exercise management practices. The survey also looks at the prevalence of gastrointestinal diseases in horses and how these diseases are commonly managed. We have been running this survey since March, and we are hoping to get responses from across all horse disciplines in PA. So far, we have very little data for race horses (both Thoroughbred and Standardbred) in PA. However, we would love to have a nice representation from the racing industry in PA. Would you be able to help spread the word about the survey with the members of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association?

A few notes on the survey: It is completely anonymous. Anyone who owns, cares for, rides, or manages horses that reside in Pennsylvania can complete the survey. It should take about 10 minutes to fill out the survey. The survey respondent must be at least 18 years of age but do not necessarily have to own a horse to complete this survey. As the survey must be answered for each horse individually, people can (and are encouraged to) fill this survey for each horse they own or care for. So, if you care for three horses, we ask that you fill out this survey three times, once for each horse. Anyone who responds to the survey will have the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The information collected in this survey will help in both the planning of future Penn State Extension programs and in the design of equine research conducted at Penn State.

You can share this link ( that will take people directly to the survey. The survey is also available on the Penn State Extension Equine website, along with a brief article describing the survey (

Your help is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions or want to talk more about the survey, please let me know.



Danielle N. Smarsh, Ph.D., PAS

Equine Extension Specialist

Assistant Professor of Equine Science

The Pennsylvania State University

335 ASI Building

University Park, PA 16802

phone: 814-865-7810

email: [email protected]

Pennsylvania Equine Management Survey

This survey is about the nutrition and exercise management of Pennsylvania horses.

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UPDATED: MARCH 4, 2020Pennsylvania Equine Management Survey

Mares and foals_Danielle Smarsh

Calling all Pennsylvania horse owners and caretakers! We need Your help. We are conducting a survey on the management of Pennsylvania horses. We want to know more about the feeding and exercise routines of your horse, as well as the prevalence of gastrointestinal issues in Pennsylvania horses and how they are commonly managed.

The survey is for individual horses, so if you have 3 horses, you need to fill out the survey 3 times, once for each horse. The horse Must live in Pennsylvania for the majority of the year. Anyone who is 18 years old and up who owns, cares for, or manages horses in Pennsylvania is eligible to take the survey.

This survey should only take 10-15 minutes to fill out, and survey respondents will have the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Additionally, for those that are willing, our team would also like to come visit your farm to assess the feeding and exercise habits of your horse(s). Survey respondents will have the opportunity to opt in for this option at the end of the survey.

Access the survey