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  1. Metabolic and Biomolecular Changes Induced by Incremental Long-Term Training in Young Thoroughbred Racehorses during First Workout Season

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    | Contributor(s):: Arianna Miglio, Katia Cappelli, Stefano Capomaccio, Samanta Mecocci, Maurizio Silvestrelli, Maria Teresa Antognoni

    Training has a huge effect on physiological homeostasis. The Thoroughbred racehorse is a valid animal model to investigate such changes for training schedule fine-tuning. As happens in human athletes, it is hypothesized that biochemical and immune response changes and related biomolecular...

  2. Effects of therapeutic horse-riding program on the walking ability of students with intellectual disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Ok-Deuk Kang

    The purpose of this study was to determine if an 8-week therapeutic riding (TR) program was effective in improving the walking ability of students with intellectual disabilities. Thirteen students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities participated in the TR program. TR sessions were...

  3. Horse racing as an ancient Greek and Roman leisure pastime

    | Contributor(s):: Perold, I., Young, M.

  4. Horses form cross-modal representations of adults and children

    | Contributor(s):: Jardat, Plotine, Ringhofer, Monamie, Yamamoto, Shinya, Gouyet, Chloé, Degrande, Rachel, Parias, Céline, Reigner, Fabrice, Calandreau, Ludovic, Lansade, Léa

  5. Relatives’ experiences of an equine-assisted intervention for people with psychotic disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Fridén, Linda, Hultsjö, Sally, Lydell, Marie, Jormfeldt, Henrika

  6. Stakeholders' Perspectives on the Safety of an Adaptive Riding Program for Adults Living with Dementia and Care Partners

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    | Contributor(s):: Alicia A. Oestreich, Beth E. Fields

    The purpose of this qualitative community-based participatory research was to explore the safety perspectives of stakeholders involved in an adaptive horseback riding program designed to enhance the quality of life of adults living with dementia and their care partners. Human–animal...

  7. Distribution of Superficial Body Temperature in Horses Ridden by Two Riders with Varied Body Weights

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    | Contributor(s):: Izabela Wilk, Elżbieta Wnuk-Pawlak, Iwona Janczarek, Beata Kaczmarek, Marta Dybczyńska, Monika Przetacznik

    It was assumed that a horse with its rider body weight found in the upper limit may negatively impact the horse’s welfare. The objective of this paper was to analyze the differences in body temperature and selected heart rate parameters in horses in response to physical exercise...

  8. Domestic Foal Weaning: Need for Re-Thinking Breeding Practices?

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    | Contributor(s):: Séverine Henry, Hrefna Sigurjónsdóttir, Aziliz Klapper, Julie Joubert, Gabrielle Montier, Martine Hausberger

    Artificial weaning is a standard practice known to be one of the most stressful events in a domestic foal’s life. Research has mainly focused on ways to alleviate weaning stress. However, there is still a need for more detailed research on what should constitute best practices with...

  9. Conflict Between Direct Experience and Research-Based Evidence Is a Key Challenge to Evidence-Based Respiratory Medicine on British Racing Yards

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    | Contributor(s):: Tierney Kinnison, Jacqueline M. Cardwell

    Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) is a commonly diagnosed but variably defined syndrome of equine lower airway inflammation. The most recent American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) consensus statement, informed by research evidence, recommends a case definition based on...

  10. Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Horse Feeding and Management Practices to Reduce the Risk of Atypical Myopathy

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    | Contributor(s):: Dominique-Marie Votion, Anne-Christine François, Caroline Kruse, Benoit Renaud, Arnaud Farinelle, Marie-Catherine Bouquieaux, Christel Marcillaud-Pitel, Pascal Gustin

    In 2014, atypical myopathy (AM) was linked to Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple) in Europe. The emergence of this seasonal intoxication caused by a native tree has raised many questions. This manuscript aims at answering the five most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding (1)...

  11. Risk Factors of Anesthesia-Related Mortality and Morbidity in One Equine Hospital: A Retrospective Study on 1,161 Cases Undergoing Elective or Emergency Surgeries

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    | Contributor(s):: Chiara Laurenza, Lèa Ansart, Karine Portier

    A retrospective analysis was performed to determine mortality and morbidity rates for elective and emergency cases in an equine university teaching hospital. It investigated the effect of horse-, anesthetic-, timing, and clinician experience-related variables on anesthetic complications. In...

  12. Does the start of flat races influence racehorse race performance?

    | Contributor(s):: Wells, Isobel, Randle, Hayley, Williams, Jane M.

  13. Hippotherapy in neurodevelopmental disorders: a narrative review focusing on cognitive and behavioral outcomes

    | Contributor(s):: Maresca, G., Portaro, S., Naro, A., Crisafulli, R., Raffa, A., Scarcella, I., Aliberti, B., Gemelli, G., Calabrò, R. S.

  14. Feeding time in horses provided roughage in different combinations of haynets and on the stable floor

    | Contributor(s):: Lundqvist, Hanna, Elisabeth Müller, Cecilia

  15. Equine-Assisted Therapies for Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Heussen, N., Häusler, M.

  16. Shelter use by horses during summer in relation to weather conditions and horsefly (Tabanidae) prevalence

    | Contributor(s):: Christensen, Janne Winther, Andersen, Agnete Gargulak, Skovbo, Karina Nymark, Skovgård, Henrik

  17. Whole-Genome Signatures of Selection in Sport Horses Revealed Selection Footprints Related to Musculoskeletal System Development Processes

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    | Contributor(s):: Siavash Salek Ardestani, Mehdi Aminafshar, Mohammad Bagher Zandi Baghche Maryam, Mohammad Hossein Banabazi, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Younes Miar

    Selective breeding has led to gradual changes at the genome level of horses. Deciphering selective pressure patterns is progressive to understand how breeding strategies have shaped the sport horse genome; although, little is known about the genomic regions under selective pressures in sport...

  18. Increased Rider Weight Did Not Induce Changes in Behavior and Physiological Parameters in Horses

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    | Contributor(s):: JanneWinther Christensen, Suzie Bathellier, Marie Rhodin, Rupert Palme, Mette Uldahl

    Recent studies have reported significant alterations in horse physiological and gait parameters when exposed to increased rider weight during moderate to high intensity exercise. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of increased rider weight (+15% and +25% of the regular rider’s...

  19. A Ten-Stage Protocol for Assessing the Welfare of Individual Non-Captive Wild Animals: Free-Roaming Horses (Equus Ferus Caballus) as an Example

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrea M. Harvey, Ngaio J. Beausoleil, Daniel Ramp, David J. Mellor

    Knowledge of the welfare status of wild animals is vital for informing debates about the ways in which we interact with wild animals and their habitats. Currently, there is no published information about how to scientifically assess the welfare of free-roaming wild animals during their normal...

  20. Ride Utah! Resiliency-Building Horse Rides for Military Personnel and Families

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    | Contributor(s):: Karl H. Hoopes, Makenna Osborne

    To introduce and provide equine-related activities to military personnel and their families, Utah State University Equine Extension created and implemented an effective program called Ride Utah! Equine-related activities have been shown to improve mental health and build strong family...