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Horse preference for orientation during transport and the effect of orientation on balancing ability

By A. E. Gibbs, T. H. Friend

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Twelve horses transported in a 16-m long commercial straight-deck, topless trailer (16 wheels) were either: tied to the left side of the trailer (TL), tied to the right (TR) or loose (L). Four horses at a time were transported 4 laps around a 3.6-km rectangular course, reversing direction each lap, for a total of 14.4 km. The course had artificial bumps, one 90 degrees turn, one 45 degrees turn, one 135 degrees turn, 5 straight sections, and a hard stop at the end of each lap. The orientation (angle) of each horse and the number of seconds spent in that angle were recorded using overhead video cameras. The TL horses spent the greatest percentage of time (52

Date 1999
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 63
Issue 1
Pages 1-9
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(98)00240-8
Language English
Author Address Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2471, USA.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal transport
  4. Balance
  5. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  6. Horses
  7. Mammals
  8. orientations
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. position
  11. roads
  12. transportation
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