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Genetic study of stress assessed with infrared thermography during dressage competitions in the Pura Raza Espanol horse

By M. J. Sanchez, E. Bartolome, M. Valera

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Despite the fact that physiological parameters in dressage are important because of their close connection to human-horse accidents, performance and welfare, these parameters are only rarely included in horse breeding programs. In Spain, the Pura Raza Espanol horse (PRE) Breeding Program focuses mainly on the selection of horses for satisfactory dressage ability. Studying the genetic parameters of eye temperature (ET) using infrared thermography (IR) as an indicator of stress in horses could highlight the suitability of this parameter to be included as a selection criterion in the PRE Breeding Program. The aim of this study was to investigate the heritability of ET measured with IR in Young Horse Dressage tests (YHDT) from the Breeding Program. Accordingly, 343 PRE were measured during 3 YHDT final competitions held in Spain. From these animals, 1746 ET measurements were taken on 3 different moments during each competition: 3 h before the competition (ET_B), just after the competition (

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 174
Pages 58-65
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.11.006
Language English
Author Address Universidad de Sevilla, Ctra. Utrera km1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain.p5016@ulusofona.pt
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Tags
  1. Accidents
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. Breeding
  5. Breeding program
  6. Countries
  7. Developed countries
  8. Effect
  9. Environment
  10. Europe
  11. Exercise
  12. Eyes
  13. Genetic parameters
  14. Genetics
  15. Heritability
  16. Horses
  17. Mammals
  18. Mediterranean region
  19. models
  20. OECD countries
  21. peer-reviewed
  22. performance traits
  23. repeatability
  24. Selection
  25. Spain
  26. Stress
  27. temperatures
  28. thermography
  29. training
  30. traits
  31. ungulates
  32. vertebrates
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  1. peer-reviewed