Goal Orientation and Feedback-Seeking Behavior of Equestrian Athletes
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The aim of this study was to explore the relation between goal orientation and feedback-seeking behavior within the equestrian sport, focusing on dressage. In total 222 equestrian athletes filled in a questionnaire revealing their goal orientations and the feedback information they seek when practicing their sport and engaging in dressage competitions. A hierarchical multiple regression analysis found a significant relation between the seeking of self-improvement information and a learning-approach goal orientation (F(9, 181) = 8.14, p < .001) and a significant relation between the seeking of self-validation information (F(9,181) = 5.94, p < .001) and both the performance-avoidance and learning-avoidance goal orientations. Multiple athlete characteristics were found to be affecting one’s goal orientation and feedback-seeking behavior. Findings conclude that the concepts of goal orientation and feedback-seeking behavior are applicable in the field of equestrian sport. Further research is needed to get more insights about the practical implications of this information.