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  1. Chasing Secretariat's Consent: The Impossibility of Permissible Animal Sports

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    | Contributor(s):: James Rocha

    Tom Regan argued that animal sports cannot be morally permissible because they are cruel and the animals do not voluntarily participate. While Regan is correct about actual animal sports, we should ask whether substantially revised animal sports could be permissible. We can imagine significant...

  2. Analysis of Failure to Finish a Race in a Cohort of Thoroughbred Racehorses in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Jasmine Tanner, Chris Rogers, Charlotte Bolwell, Naomi Cogger, Erica Gee, Wayne McIlwraith

    The objective was to describe the incidence of failure to finish a race in flat-racing Thoroughbreds in New Zealand as these are summary indicators of falls, injuries and poor performance. Retrospective data on six complete flat racing seasons (n = 188,615 race starts) of all Thoroughbred flat...

  3. Dog sports : a mixed methods exploration of motivation in agility participation

    | Contributor(s):: Rodney Hulstein

    Obesity and physical inactivity are on the rise among Canadians. Dog sports, agility in particular, may represent a form of physical activity that can help address the health issues that some of our population face. However, some individuals elect to participate in the sport less frequently...

  4. A Critical Analysis of the British Horseracing Authority's Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing

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    | Contributor(s):: Bidda Jones, Jed Goodfellow, James Yeates, Paul D. Mcgreevy

    There is increasing controversy about the use of the whip as a performance aid in Thoroughbred horseracing and its impact on horse welfare. This paper offers a critical analysis of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) 2011 Report Responsible Regulation:A Review of the Use of the...

  5. Tools of the trade or part of the family? Horses in competitive equestrian sport

    | Contributor(s):: Dashper, K.

    The horse-human relationship is based on mutual respect and understanding, and the development of trusting partnerships may be particularly important in elite equestrian sport, where horses and humans rely on each other to tackle sporting challenges. The increasing commercialization of equestrian...

  6. Possible influence of neighbours on stereotypic behaviour in horses

    | Contributor(s):: Nagy, K., Schrott, A., Kabai, P.

    Revealing risk factors of abnormal stereotypic behaviour (ASB) in horses can help in the design of protective measures. Previous epidemiological studies indicate that social isolation, housing, management conditions, and feeding regime have a strong effect on developing ASB. The common belief...

  7. Effects of period, type and duration of handling on manageability, reactivity and learning ability of horses. (EAAP Publication No.122)

    | Contributor(s):: Lansade, L., Boivin, X., Bouissou, M. F.

    Manageability, reactivity and learning ability of horses are three essential characteristics for the rider-horse relationship. In comparison to routine handling, extra handling may reduce fear of humans and general reactivity and thereby improve manageability and learning ability in a variety of...

  8. Out of sight, out of mind! Horses are sensitive to humans during interactions? [French]

    | Contributor(s):: Fureix, C., Sankey, C., Vallet, A. S., Andre, N., Hausberger, M.

    Horses' reactions towards humans are a combined result of their temperament, their previous experience, but also of the skills of the human they are interacting with. However, very little is known yet about the relevant elements that have to be considered when humans interact with horses. Here we...