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Repeatability of a skin tent test for dehydration in working horses and donkeys

By J. C. Pritchard, A. R. S. Barr, H. R. Whay

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Dehydration is a serious welfare issue for equines working in developing countries. Risk factors such as high ambient temperature, heavy workload and poor water availability are exacerbated by the traditional belief that provision of water to working animals will reduce their strength or cause colic and muscle cramps. As part of the welfare assessment of 4889 working horses and donkeys during 2002/3, eight observers were trained to perform a standardised skin tent test. The prevalence of a prolonged duration of skin tenting was 50% in horses and 37% in donkeys. Two studies investigated inter-observer repeatability of skin tent test techniques, using a total of 220 horses and donkeys in India and then Egypt: measures of agreement with a 'gold standard' observer varied from 40 to 99

Date 2007
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 181-183
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford House, BS40 5DU, UK.
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  1. Africa
  2. Animal diseases
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Asia
  6. Colic
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Countries
  9. Dehydration
  10. Developed countries
  11. Donkeys
  12. Draft animals
  13. Egypt
  14. Horses
  15. Incidence
  16. India
  17. Mammals
  18. Mediterranean region
  19. Methodologies
  20. Middle East
  21. muscles
  22. peer-reviewed
  23. repeatability
  24. Research
  25. risk factors
  26. Studies
  27. Techniques
  28. temperatures
  29. Third World
  30. Underdeveloped Countries
  31. Working animals
  1. peer-reviewed