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Behavioral and Physiological Differences between Working Horses and Chilean Rodeo Horses in a Handling Test

By Paula Rosselot, Tiago Mendonça, Igor González, Tamara Tadich

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Non-invasive measures are preferred when assessing animal welfare. Differences in behavioral and physiological responses toward a stressor could be the result of the selection of horses for specific uses. Behavioral and physiological responses of working and Chilean rodeo horses subjected to a handling test were assessed. Five behaviors, number of attempts, and the time to cross a bridge were video recorded and analyzed with the Observer XT software. Heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV), to assess the physiological response to the novel stimulus, were registered with a Polar Equine V800 heart rate monitor system during rest and the bridge test. Heart rate variability data were obtained with the Kubios software. Differences between working and Chilean rodeo horses were assessed, and within-group differences between rest and the test were also analyzed. Chilean rodeo horses presented more proactive behaviors and required significantly more attempts to cross the bridge than working horses. Physiologically, Chilean rodeo horses presented lower variability of the heart rate than working horses.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publication Title Animals
Volume 9
Issue 7
Pages 10
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani9070397
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/7/397
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Heart rate
  5. Horses
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
  8. Rodeo.
  9. Working animals
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  1. open access