Rider Drug Use: Is It a Problem?

Rider Drug Use: Is It a Problem?

The answer is a resounding NO.

Out of a survey of 691 equestrians, only 80 people, or <12% of people reported that they had ever used around horses.

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That number goes down significantly when asked about drug use at horse shows: a mere 27 people reported use. That’s less than 4%!

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Only <8% of riders have ever ridden drunk. That’s 53 people out of 691 respondents.

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Interestingly, 22% of people (157 respondents) believe it is socially acceptable to use (nearly double the amount of users).

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Professional drug use is where it gets interesting:

<19% of people believe only English professionals use regularly.
<3% of people believe only Western professionals use regularly.
<27% of people believe both types use regularly.

That leaves only <53% of people who believe professionals don’t use regularly.

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235 people responded when asked what discipline uses drugs the most:

48 English
45 Hunters
41 Western
29 Jumpers
22 Don’t Know
10 Eventing
10 Racing
8 All
6 Barrel Racers
6 Rodeo
2 Both
2 Dressage
2 Trail
1 Endurance
1 Foxhunting
1 Polo
1 Reining

Another shocker occurred when asked if horse shows should regulate rider drug use. A whopping <74% of people said yes.

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Demographics of Respondents:

<14% were Professionals.
<65% were Adult Amateurs.
<21% were Juniors.

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<45% were Hunter/Equitation riders.
<31% were Eventers.
<35% were Jumpers.
<26% were Dressage riders.
<10% were Western Pleasure riders.
<9% were Other (including jockeys, trail riders, etc.)
<8% were Rodeo Sport riders.
<6% were Foxhunters.

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Out of curiosity, I filtered the responses to the Hunter/Eq and Jumper riders ONLY.

Of those 415 riders, <12% (47 people) responded that they had used around horses.

<5% (19 people) responded that they had used at horse shows.

<25% (100 people) said it was socially acceptable to use in the horse world.

Regular professional use:

<24% said English professionals only
<2% said Western professionals only
<28% said both types

That leaves <48% who don’t believe any professionals use regularly.

<77% said rider drug use should be regulated at shows

Professionals: 60 responses (<15%)
Adult Amateurs: 262 responses (<64%)
Juniors: 93 responses (<23%)

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Filtered to the Eventer only results:

Out of 213 people, <10% reported drug use around horses.

<4% reported drug use at shows.

<20% thought drug use is socially acceptable in the horse world.

Regular Professional Use:

<17% English only
<2% Western only
<23% both types

That leaves <60% that don’t believe there is regular professional use.

<72% believe rider drug use should be regulated at shows.

Professionals: 39 responses (<19%)
Adult Amateurs: 136 responses (<64%)
Juniors: 38 responses (<18%)


I filtered the responses by Professional riders only.

<11% reported drug use around horses.

<3% reported drug use at horse shows.

Regular Professional use:

<20% English only
<2% Western only
<36% both types
Only <44% of them reported that they did not believe professional riders used.


The last filter was for Junior riders only.

<14% said they used around horses.

<3% said they used at horse shows.

<14% believed drug use is socially acceptable in the horse world.

Regular Professional use:

<17% English only
<6% Western only
20% both types


<% means that the number has been rounded UP from a decimal.

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