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  1. Natural Horse Boarding Vs Traditional Stable: A Comparison of Hormonal, Hematological and Immunological Parameters

    Contributor(s):: Placci, M., Marliani, G., Sabioni, S., Gabai, G., Mondo, E., Borghetti, P., Angelis, E. De, Accorsi, Pier Attilio

    In the equestrian world, two different types of management can be distinguished: traditional management and natural boarding. The aim of this research was to compare hormonal, hematological and immunological parameters of 47 horses kept in these two different managements. Blood and horsehair of...

  2. Do the type of walking surface and the horse speed during hippotherapy modify the dynamics of sitting postural control in children with cerebral palsy?

    Contributor(s):: Flores, F. M., Dagnese, F., Copetti, F.

  3. Stroking a Real Horse Versus Stroking a Toy Horse: Effects on the Frontopolar Area of the Human Brain

    Contributor(s):: Matsuura, Akihiro, Aiba, Naoko, Yamamoto, Hiroaki, Takahashi, Megumi, Kido, Hasumi, Suzuki, Tomo, Bando, Yuki

    The effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) on human cerebral activity are not clearly understood, although many studies have reported psychological and physiotherapeutic benefits associated with it. Any benefits of AAT are likely to be closely related to brain activity. The aim of the present...

  4. Caring for the horse in a cold climate—Reviewing principles for thermoregulation and horse preferences

    Contributor(s):: Mejdell, Cecilie M., Bøe, Knut Egil, Jørgensen, Grete H. M.

    In the Nordic countries, permanent outdoor housing of horses in winter is gaining popularity. This practice will expose the horses to harsh weather conditions. However, horses that are kept indoors at night and turned out in the cold during daytime also experience thermoregulatory challenges....

  5. Olfactory-based interspecific recognition of human emotions: Horses (Equus ferus caballus) can recognize fear and happiness body odour from humans (Homo sapiens)

    Contributor(s):: Sabiniewicz, Agnieszka, Tarnowska, Karolina, Świątek, Robert, Sorokowski, Piotr, Laska, Matthias

    Emotional recognition has been demonstrated to occur between members of different species. However, the majority of studies on interspecific communication of emotions so far focused on the senses of vision and hearing while the contribution of the sense of smell has rarely been studied in this...

  6. Examining Canadian Equine Industry Participants' Perceptions of Horses and Their Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Cordelie DuBois, Lindsay Nakonechny, Emilie Derisoud, Katrina Merkies

    The diversity of the Canadian equine industry makes determining baseline attitudes and beliefs a challenge. Adult members of the Canadian equine industry (n = 901) participated in an online survey to report demographic information and views on the role of horses and their ability to experience...

  7. Horse Matters: Re‐examining Sustainability through Human‐Domestic Animal Relationships

    | Contributor(s):: Wadham, Helen

  8. An equine-assisted therapy intervention to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life in adults and older adults with arthritis: A randomized controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: White-Lewis, S., Johnson, R., Ye, S., Russell, C.

  9. Excluded but not forgotten: Veterinary emergency care during emergencies and disasters

    | Contributor(s):: Martin, N. D., Pascual, J. L., Hirsch, J., Holena, D. N., Kaplan, L. J.

  10. The Translation of Movement From the Equine to Rider With Relevance for Hippotherapy

    | Contributor(s):: Donaldson, M. C., Holter, A. M., Neuhoff, S., Arnosky, J. A., Simpson, B. W., Vernon, K., Blob, R. W., DesJardins, J. D.

  11. Methodological and Terminological Issues in Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Umbrella Review of Systematic Reviews

    | Contributor(s):: Santaniello, A., Dice, F., Carratu, R. C., Amato, A., Fioretti, A., Menna, L. F.

  12. Risk Factors for Transport-Related Problem Behaviors in Horses: A New Zealand Survey

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    | Contributor(s):: Barbara Padalino, Chris W. Rogers, Danielle Guiver, Janis P. Bridges, Christopher B. Riley

    Transport-related problem behaviors (TRPBs) are common in horses and can cause injury to both the horses and their handlers. This study aimed to identify possible risk factors for TRPBs to inform approaches to mitigate TRPBs incidence and enhance horse welfare. An online cross-sectional survey...

  13. The Impact of Equine-Assisted Therapy on Equine Behavioral and Physiological Responses

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    | Contributor(s):: Tiago Mendonça, Cécile Bienboire-Frosini, Fanny Menuge, Julien Leclercq, Céline Lafont-Lecuelle, Sana Arroub, Patrick Pageat

    Equine-assisted therapies (EATs) have been widely used in the treatment of patients with mental or physical conditions. However, studies on the influence of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) on equine welfare are very recent, and the need for further research is often highlighted. The aim of this...

  14. A Study of Traveller Horse Owners' Attitudes to Horse Care and Welfare Using an Equine Body Condition Scoring System

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    | Contributor(s):: Marie Rowland, Tamsin Coombs, Melanie Connor

    Traveller horses are often perceived to be exposed to poor welfare due to Travellers’ traditional way of horsemanship. However, few studies have investigated Traveller horse welfare. Hence, the present study aims to explore Traveller horse owners’ attitudes to horse care and...

  15. Equine-assisted interventions for veterans with service-related health conditions: a systematic mapping review

    | Contributor(s):: Kinney, A. R., Eakman, A. M., Lassell, R., Wood, W.

    BACKGROUND: Evidence-based treatments for service-related health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are not effective for all veterans. Equine-assisted interventions are emerging as an additional treatment modality, but little is...

  16. Unwanted Horse Population in Illinois: Perceptions of Horse Owners, Non-Horse Owners, and Equine Industry Stakeholders

    | Contributor(s):: Myers, Kelsey, Mohammed, Fatima, Rickard, Justin W., Meyer, Donald E., Spaulding, Aslihan D.

    This paper presents the results of an investigation to determine perceptions, awareness, and knowledge of the unwanted horse population in Illinois from the viewpoint of horse owners, non-horse owners, and equine industry stakeholders. A questionnaire included items that pertained to knowledge of...

  17. Toward a Choice-Based Judgment Bias Task for Horses

    | Contributor(s):: Hintze, Sara, Roth, Emma, Bachmann, Iris, Würbel, Hanno

    Judgment bias tasks for nonhuman animals are promising tools to assess emotional valence as a measure of animal welfare. In view of establishing a valid judgment bias task for horses, the present study aimed to evaluate 2 versions (go/no-go and active choice) of an auditory judgment bias task for...

  18. Show Horse Welfare: The Viewpoints of Judges, Stewards, and Show Managers

    | Contributor(s):: Voigt, Melissa, Hiney, Kristina, Croney, Candace, Waite, Karen, Borron, Abigail, Brady, Colleen

    The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the current state of stock-type show horse welfare based on the perceptions of show officials and to identify potential means of preventing and intervening in compromises to show horse welfare. Thirteen horse show officials,...

  19. Show Horse Welfare: Horse Show Competitors' Understanding, Awareness, and Perceptions of Equine Welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Voigt, Melissa A., Hiney, Kristina, Richardson, Jennifer C., Waite, Karen, Borron, Abigail, Brady, Colleen M.

    The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of stock-type horse show competitors' understanding of welfare and level of concern for stock-type show horses' welfare. Data were collected through an online questionnaire that included questions relating to (a) interest and general...

  20. Physiological and Behavioral Responses of Horses to Wither Scratching and Patting the Neck When Under Saddle

    | Contributor(s):: Thorbergson, Zoë W., Nielsen, Sharon G., Beaulieu, Rodney J., Doyle, Rebecca E.

    Riding is considered to be an arousing activity for horses. It has been suggested that wither scratching may be a more useful tool for relaxation compared with the common practice of neck patting. In the current study, 18 horses were exposed to 3 treatments, including control or no interaction,...