Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Are Chestnut Horses Reported as More Temperamental in Horse Sale Listings"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Equitation Science/Extension Education
Project Description:
There is a common myth in the horse industry that chestnut horses, especially mares, are more temperamental than other colored horses. Furthermore, there are anecdotal accounts of certain terms being used to disguise temperament related problems with horses, when trying to sell them. The purpose of this study is to gather temperament data, and descriptions, from ads for horses offered for sale through online advertising, and to determine if there is a relationship between color and gender of horses, and the temperament score assigned, and if there are certain terms and descriptions that are affiliated with particular temperament scores.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be in charge of collecting data from publicly available horse sale websites such as and The intern will learn how to perform qualitative data analyisis on the data collected, and will be lead author on developing an abstract addressing the findings.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
GPA minimum of 3.0. Excellent computer skills required, as well as a working knowledge of using Microsoft Excel. Horse knowledge and experience is preferred, and an excellent understanding of American English is required.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Brady, Colleen
youth development and agricultural educ

Student Supervisor

Colleen Brady
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Natalie Carroll