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The effects of restriction of movement on the reliability of heart rate variability measurements in the horse ( Equus caballus)

By V. Vitale, R. Balocchi, M. Varanini, M. Sgorbini, A. Macerata, C. Sighieri, P. Baragli

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Analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) is a noninvasive approach for investigating the sympathovagal balance of the autonomic nervous system. In recent years, HRV has been increasingly evaluated in animal research. In horses, it has been suggested that basal resting conditions can be achieved by restraining them. The aim of this study was to verify how restriction of movement influences HRV i2n horses. Ten healthy standardbred mares were used to measure the electrocardiographic signal under 2 conditions: free to move in the stall and restrained in the stock. Results indicate that the restriction of movement is associated with increased nervous system sympathetic activity not consistent with resting conditions.

Publication Title Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
Volume 8
Issue 5
Pages 400-403
ISBN/ISSN 1558-7878
DOI 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.02.003
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, viale delle Piagge 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy.pbaragli@vet.unipi.it
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  1. Analysis
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal experimentation
  4. Animal physiology
  5. Animals
  6. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  7. Effect
  8. Electrocardiograms
  9. Heart
  10. Heart rate
  11. Horses
  12. Mammals
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Research
  15. systems
  16. ungulates
  17. vertebrates
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