Indiana horse industry owners, employers & employees urged to partake in equine study

Learning more about the economic impact and health issues related to Indiana’s horse industry is the focus of a research study being conducted jointly by Purdue University Calumet’s Equine Business Management program and the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.

The universities are encouraging horse owners and breeders, horse racing industry employers and employees, and others who sell horse products or services to participate in the Indiana Equine Economic Impact and Health Study survey. The survey is available on line at May 1 is the survey completion deadline.

“The Indiana Equine Economic Impact and Health Study is an undertaking to determine the economic impact of the equine industry, the number of horses by breed and primary use, and the overall state of equine health for purposes of advancing the industry and directing future research,” Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of Equine Management Susan Conners said.

The survey is confidential and consists of three parts: Indiana Horse Show Survey, Indiana Race Track Survey and Equine Business and Owners Survey. Each section takes about 30 minutes to complete. Survey participants must be at least 18-years-old. Survey information will be used only for equine industry research.

This project represents the first survey of the Indiana horse industry since 2001.

Research data generated from the study will be publicly available this fall. Also sponsoring the study, in addition to Purdue Calumet and the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, are the Indiana Standardbred Association, Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana, Hoosier Horse Park, Indiana Horse Council, Indiana HBPA (Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association), Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and Farm Bureau.

Purdue Calumet offers an academic study major in equine business management within its Bachelor of Arts in Business program. Additionally, Purdue Calumet provides a shorter, professional certificate program in equine business management for individuals currently engaged in the industry who desire to increase their knowledge. Other information about Purdue Calumet’s Equine Business Management program or the study can be obtained by contacting Professor Conners at 219/204-1426 or