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Demographic characteristics of the equine population of northern Britain
  1. D. J. Mellor, BVMS, PhD,MRCVS1,
  2. S. Love, BVMS, PhD,MRCVS2,
  3. G. Gettinby, BSc, DPhil4 and
  4. S. W. J. Reid, BVMS, PhD,MRCVS3
  1. 1 Veterinary Informatics and Epidemiology, Division of Farm Animal Medicine and Production
  2. 2 Veterinary Informatics and Epidemiology, Division of Equine Clinical Studies
  3. 3 Veterinary Informatics and Epidemiology, Department ofVeterinary Clinical Studies, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH
  4. 4 Veterinary Informatics and Epidemiology, Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow GI IXW

Abstract

The size, composition and distribution of the equine population of Scotland and the five northernmost counties in England were estimated through a series of mailed questionnaire surveys of sentinel veterinary practices and horse owners. An estimated 96,622 equine animals were kept by an estimated 26,114 owners. The mean (sd) age of the population was 11.0 (7.5) years (range one month to 37 years). Thoroughbred or thoroughbred-cross animals were the most numerous, constituting 30 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval 27 to 33 per cent) of the total population. The ratio of males.females was 1:1.

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