Eventers ranked stamina and fitness (43.9%), lameness (41.9%), and energy levels and behavior (37.1%) as their top three horse health or performance concerns.
Key findings regarding supplement use included:
- The most frequently reported reasons for feeding supplements to dressage horses were to improve joint health and mobility (78.4%), vitamin and mineral status (46.1%), and behavior (45.9%);
- The most frequently reported reasons for feeding supplements to eventing horses were to improve electrolyte status (70.5%), joint health and mobility (68.9%), and behavior (43.9%);
- Both dressage and eventing owners listed joint supplements as the most important in their feeding program (57%);
- Many owners listed behavior and energy levels as the most important concern for their top performance horses, but most did not use a supplement specifically for behavior; and
- The vast majority of owners in both groups reported that they feel the supplements they used to target a specific health concern did make a difference in their horses (96.8%).