H&R Gallop Poll Results

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A cartoon horse with a mischievous expression is kicking out—is he being a pasture bully?

Bullies in the barn? 90% of H&R poll respondents say their horses “often” or “sometimes” bully one another.


A woman is silhouetted galloping her horse across an expanse. Is she experiencing fear in the saddle?

Ever fearful in the saddle? 71% of H&R poll respondents say they are “sometimes” or “often” fearful in the saddle; only 29% responded “rarely” or “never.”


A bay horse comes galloping straight on, into the camera. Does your horse come when called?

Come to voice cue? 85% of H&R poll respondents say their horse comes to them when they call or whistle.


A horse’s multi-generation bloodline pedigree chart is pictured.

Know your horse’s pedigree? 72% of H&R poll respondents know their horses’ full pedigrees; another 14% know at least the sire and dam.


A palomino horse is ridden bareback into water deep enough for swimming.

Gone swimming on a horse? 83% of H&R poll respondents have gone swimming on a horse. 14% say they haven’t but would like to, and just 3% say they’re not interested in doing so.



Barn or arena? 69% of poll respondents, given a forced choice, would rather have a professionally built arena than a brand-new barn.


A handsome, dark bay horse wears a beautiful hackamore bridle and silver show saddle.

Bought sight unseen? 77% of H&R poll respondents have at some point purchased a horse sight unseen.


Too thin, too fat, just right? Two overweight horses graze in a field.

Thin, fat, just right? 46% of H&R poll respondents say their horses are at just the right weight; 42% say a bit overweight; 12% say a bit underweight.


A young woman with a quizzical face tries to decide whether she most wants a new saddle or a clinic with a favorite trainer.

Saddle or clinic? 56% of H&R poll respondents, given a forced choice, would rather have a three-day clinic with their favorite trainer than a brand-new saddle of their choosing. 



Favorite treat? 52% of H&R poll respondents said apple or carrot pieces are their horses’ favorite treat. Horse cookie: 24%. Other: 19%. Don’t feed treats: 5%.


Horse&Rider Western tack and gear

Tidy tack room? 68% of H&R poll respondents rank the tidiness of their tack rooms as “nicely tolerable.” 26% said “show-off worthy”; 6% said their tack rooms were “basically, a pit.” 


A little girl, eyes closed in bliss, hugs the head of her Appaloosa horse.

Horse or pony? 69% of H&R poll respondents think a horse is most often the best choice as a first mount for a child.


A golden palomino, beautifully conformed, stands broadside to the viewer in a classic conformation pose.

Training or conformation? 74% of H&R poll respondents, given a forced choice, would choose flawless training over flawless conformation in a horse they were considering to buy.


A volunteer assists a judge at a horse show.

Volunteer with a horse group? 86% of H&R poll respondents volunteer with a horse-related group or organization. 


A man leads the small pinto pony that his granddaughter is riding.

Helping grandkids with horses? 93% of H&R poll respondents have one or more grandchildren that they're helping to be involved with horses.


A beautifully appointed horsewoman rides a lovely palomino in ranch riding style.

Ranch riding events: contestants look great and their horses move beautifully.

Interested in ranch riding? 66% of H&R poll respondents would like to become involved in competitive ranch riding; another 21% are already involved in the popular event.


Two broodmares at pasture with suckling foals

Springtime staple? Mares and foals at pasture.

Breed a mare? 46% of H&R poll respondents plan to breed one or more mares in the spring of 2019.


A D-ring snaffle bit hangs on a post

The popular snaffle bit comes in various styles.

How many bits?  46% of H&R poll respondents have accumulated more than a dozen bits in the course of their horse lives so far.


Weanling performance horse prospects walk in single file through a pasture

Handsome weanlings enjoying each other's company.

Bought a weanling? 80% of H&R poll respondents have purchased a riding prospect as a weanling. 



No one would look this handsome gift horse in the mouth!

Received a Gift Horse? 77% of H&R poll respondents have, at one time or another, received a horse as a gift.



Show time is fun time!

Show in Springtime? 73% of H&R poll respondents planned to show their horses in the spring of 2019.


Credit: H&R image by Alana Harrison

Credit: H&R image by Alana Harrison

Own Senior Horses? 85% of H&R poll respondents own one, two, or three horses age 15 or over.



A horse's digestive system is complex.

Supplement with Probiotics? 80% of H&R poll respondents supplement their horses with probiotics or have done so in the past.



Freeze branding creates a highly visible mark of permanent identification.

Horse Has Permanent ID? 54% of H&R poll respondents say their horses have a brand, freeze-brand, microchip, or other form of permanent identification.



Catch me if you can!

Dealt With Hard-to-Catch Horse? 84% of H&R poll respondents have dealt with a horse that’s hard to catch.