Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Mark Brunson

Second Advisor

Dr. Lyle McNeal

Abstract

A 2008 study of the Extension needs and preferences of small-acreage landowners in Morgan, Summit, Utah, and Washington counties revealed that approximately 50% of landowners grazed horses. These landowners present a specific group within small-acreage owners that can be targeted with Extension information. Using the data gathered previously, this study looks to identify the characteristics of these landowners as well as compare owners that graze horses, other livestock, or do not keep animals on their property. In addition, I evaluated whether horse owners fit the stereotype they are often given: Affluent people from city or suburban roots that move into rural areas and do not know how to manage their land. Differences were found between owners with and without horses as well as differences between owners that kept strictly horses as compared to horses and other livestock. This is relevant to Extension, as horse owners are a distinct audience for management information. In order to better target these landowners, Extension should evaluate whether they are targeting horse owners in general or specifically those that only keep horses. In addition, this provides a picture of Utah horse owners, which is information that can be used for further purposes.

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