July 7, 2018

More MD Horse Community Survey Results

Last month, we reported results related to industry issues.  This month, you wanted to see results about MHC’s two newest programs and services. We listened and here they are.

You may already know that the MHC experienced big changes in January 2018 with the purchase of the Equiery and the receipt of a $750,000 grant to develop the Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS).  Six months later, both are working to add value to the horse council and the entire horse community.

EquieryResults

The Equiery  

We asked you to tell us how often you read the Equiery.  Forty-five percent reported that you read the publication every single month – thank you – and another 25% reported reading issues frequently. Not unexpected, more than half of readers said they pick up The Equiery at their local distributor; only 12% are taking advantage of the digital flip book option.  

Exactly 250 survey respondents (100 MHC members) shared comments or offered suggestions to improve the publication. The team is looking at the comments closely and continuously strives to be responsive to readers’ needs.

 

METS

The MD Horse Community Survey also included questions about METS. We described METS as a new MHC initiative that provides alternatives for horses needing homes by helping owners identify and select the best transition options then asked three questions and found these results.

 

Strongly Disagree

Somewhat Disagree

Somewhat Agree

Strongly Agree

Total

There is a need for a program like METS in Maryland.

1.85%

3.70%

32.85%

61.60%

487

I am personally concerned about equine welfare in Maryland.

1.23%

3.72%

31.29%

64.21%

489

I am interested in learning more about METS.

3.33%

10.63%

42.08%

43.96%

480

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We were also interested in looking at the breakdown of responses by member type. Did the responses of members vs. former members vs. those who have never been member differ?

Not by much. The MHC is building METS to address welfare concerns and invites you to participate in the effort.  Contact Brittney Carow at director@mdequinetransition.org to find out how you can help. 

To read participants’ thoughts on critical issues facing the horse industry, review last month’s news article here. In future newsletters, we’ll share issues of personal importance to our members as well as responses related to MHC’s mission, member benefits, communication and more.  Stay tuned!