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  1. Changing human-animal relationships in sport: an analysis of the UK and Australian horse racing whips debates

    Contributor(s):: Graham, R., McManus, P.

    Changing social values and new technologies have contributed to increasing media attention and debate about the acceptable use of animals in sport. This paper focuses on the use of the whip in thoroughbred horse racing. Those who defend its use argue it is a necessary tool needed for safety,...

  2. Ethische Aspekte der physischen und der psychischen Belastung des Pferdes durch dessen reiterliche Nutzung

    Contributor(s):: Meyer, H.

  3. Don't fence me in: managing psychological well being for elite performance horses

    Contributor(s):: Henderson, A. J. Z.

    This article posits that stereotypical behavior patterns and the overall psychological well being of today's performance horse could be substantially enhanced with care that acknowledges the relationship between domesticated horses and their forerunners. Feral horses typically roam in stable,...

  4. Management practices associated with owner-reported stable-related and handling behaviour problems in UK leisure horses

    Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, J., Creighton, E.

    Stable-related and handling behaviour problems are highly prevalent in UK leisure horses. Associations between routine management practices and behaviour problems have been identified in racehorses and performance horses but it is unknown whether these practices are also associated with behaviour...

  5. Application of Qualitative Behavioural Assessment to horses during an endurance ride

    Contributor(s):: Fleming, P. A., Paisley, C. L., Barnes, A. L., Wemelsfelder, F.

  6. Some problems in comparisons of behaviour of horses during training, hippotherapy, competing and resting

    Contributor(s):: Jackowski, M., Najda, M.

  7. A preliminary study of the effects of handling type on horses' emotional reactivity and the human-horse relationship

    Contributor(s):: Fureix, C., Pages, M., Bon, R., Lassalle, J. M., Kuntz, P., Gonzalez, G.

  8. Equine learning behaviour. (Special Issue: Equine learning behaviour.)

    Contributor(s):: Murphy, J., Arkins, S.

  9. Equine learning behaviour: accounting for ecological constraints and relationships with humans in experimental design. (Special Issue: Equine learning behaviour.)

    Contributor(s):: Hothersall, B., Nicol, C.

  10. Assessment of equine temperament by a questionnaire survey to caretakers and evaluation of its reliability by simultaneous behavior test

    Contributor(s):: Momozawa, Y., Ono, T., Sato, F., Kikusui, T., Takeuchi, Y., Mori, Y., Kusunose, R.

    We carried out a questionnaire survey of the caretakers, using 86 riding horses kept in the Equestrian Park, Tokyo (Japan Racing Association). The questionnaire survey used a 5-point scale and a 3-point scale to assess several caretakers' impressions of each horse's temperament, on the basis of...

  11. Learning performances in young horses using two different learning tests

    Contributor(s):: Visser, E. K., Reenen, C. G. van, Schilder, M. B. H., Barneveld, A., Blokhuis, H. J.

    To achieve optimal performance in equine sports as well as in leisure not only the physical abilities of the horse should be considered, but also the horse's personality. Besides temperamental aspects, like emotionality, or the horse's reactivity towards humans in handling situations, the...

  12. Motor and sensory laterality in thoroughbred horses

    Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Rogers, L. J.

    We investigated lateralisation in horses because it is likely to be important in training and athletic performance. Thoroughbred horses (n=106) were observed every 60 s for 2 h, when they were at pasture, and the position of the forelimbs in relation to one another was recorded. There was a...

  13. Which obstacles are most problematic for jumping horses?

    Contributor(s):: Stachurska, A., Pieta, M., Nesteruk, E.

    The objective of this study was to examine the behaviour of horses jumping over variously designed obstacles, i.e. which obstacles are easy for them and jumped willingly or which cause difficulties. This was judged by scoring two main faults at jumping events: the number of knock-downs and...

  14. Pre-race behaviour of horses as a predictor of race finishing order

    Contributor(s):: Hutson, G. D., Haskell, M. J.

    The behaviour and appearance of 867 horses entered in 67 races at two Melbourne racecourses, Flemington and Moonee Valley, was assessed over a 20-month period. 14 variables were recorded in the parade ring/mounting yard as the horse was being led by the groom before the race, and 5 variables were...

  15. Effects of transport on the behaviour and heart rates of Thoroughbred horses

    Contributor(s):: Waran, N. K., Singh, N., Robertson, V., Cuddeford, D., Marlin, D.

  16. Accompanying pre-weaned Thoroughbred ( Equus caballus ) foals while separated from the mare during covering reduces behavioural signs of distress exhibited

    Contributor(s):: McGee, S., Smith, H. V.

    Some Thoroughbred stallion farms separate the mare from the foal during breeding, leaving the foal alone in its stall. Such separation often leads to distress in the foal, as evidenced by behavioural indicators such as vocalisations, pacing or moving about, pawing and striking the body against...

  17. Assessment of equine temperament questionnaire by comparing factor structure between two separate surveys

    Contributor(s):: Momozawa, Y., Kusunose, R., Kikusui, T., Takeuchi, Y., Mori, Y.

    To establish a method for assessing equine temperament by use of a questionnaire, we carried out two surveys. The subject animals were all thoroughbreds maintained at the same farm. Respondents were the primary caretaker and two colleagues working with each horse. Factor analysis was performed on...

  18. Differences in motor laterality between breeds of performance horse

    Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Thomson, P. C.

    This study examined the relationship between motor laterality in horses bred for different types of work and therefore different temperaments. Foreleg preference during grazing was measured in three populations of domestic horse, Thoroughbreds (TB, bred to race at the gallop), Standardbreds (SB,...

  19. Normal and more highly reactive horses. I. Heart rate, respiration rate and behavioral observations

    Contributor(s):: McCann, J. S., Heird, J. C., Bell, R. W., Lutherer, L. O.

    Thirty-two Quarter horse yearlings were used in a split-plot experiment to establish behavioural tendencies for two levels of emotionality; normal and a more highly reactive level of emotionality termed nervous. Four observers who were experienced with horses scored the yearlings on an...

  20. Normal and more highly reactive horses. II. The effect of handling and reserpine on the cardiac response to stimuli

    Contributor(s):: McCann, J. S., Heird, J. C., Bell, R. W., Lutherer, L. O.

    A split-plot experiment evaluated the effect of handling and a tranquillizer, reserpine, on the autonomic heart-rate response of yearling horses to various stimuli. The emotionality levels of 32 Quarter-Horse yearlings were rated by 4 experienced horsemen on a scale from 1 to 4 (1 = most nervous...