RESULTS OF PAST GALLOP POLLS:
Bullies in the barn? 90% of H&R poll respondents say their horses “often” or “sometimes” bully one another.
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.”
Come to voice cue? 85% of H&R poll respondents say their horse comes to them when they call or whistle.
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.
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.
Bought sight unseen? 77% of H&R poll respondents have at some point purchased a horse sight unseen.
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.
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%.
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.”
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.
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.
Volunteer with a horse group? 86% of H&R poll respondents volunteer with a horse-related group or organization.
Helping grandkids with horses? 93% of H&R poll respondents have one or more grandchildren that they’re helping to be involved with horses.
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.
Breed a mare? 46% of H&R poll respondents plan to breed one or more mares in the spring of 2019.
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.
Bought a weanling? 80% of H&R poll respondents have purchased a riding prospect as a weanling.
Received a Gift Horse? 77% of H&R poll respondents have, at one time or another, received a horse as a gift.
Show in Springtime? 73% of H&R poll respondents planned to show their horses in the spring of 2019.
Own Senior Horses? 85% of H&R poll respondents own one, two, or three horses age 15 or over.
Supplement with Probiotics? 80% of H&R poll respondents supplement their horses with probiotics or have done so in the past.
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.
Dealt With Hard-to-Catch Horse? 84% of H&R poll respondents have dealt with a horse that’s hard to catch.