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  1. Acceptance of novel food by horses: The influence of food cues and nutrient composition

    Contributor(s):: van den Berg, M., Giagos, V., Lee, C., Brown, W. Y., Hinch, G. N.

    Compared to ruminants little is known about how horses modulate food intake and learn about flavour-to-post-ingestive consequences. While it has been suggested that due to hindgut fermentation horse⿿s foraging preferences may be largely influenced by sensory input (e.g. volatiles), it has been...

  2. How to keep your horse safe? An epidemiological study about management practices

    Contributor(s):: Lesimple, C., Poissonnet, A., Hausberger, M.

    As animal welfare has become a major societal concern since the last decades, identifying the factors affecting it, is of first importance. Many studies have been conducted, mostly centred on one particular environmental factor. However, animal welfare is multifactorial, and evaluating the...

  3. A desired profile of horse personality – A survey study of Polish equestrians based on a new approach to equine temperament and character

    Contributor(s):: Suwała, Mira, Górecka-Bruzda, Aleksandra, Walczak, Marta, Ensminger, John, Jezierski, Tadeusz

    Equine behaviour is crucial for all kinds of equestrian activities, and therefore behavioural traits are considered as selection criteria in horse breeding programs in many countries. Since neither a desired profile of equine personality for particular riding disciplines nor detailed preferences...

  4. Detecting horses’ sickness: In search of visible signs

    Contributor(s):: Hausberger, Martine, Fureix, Carole, Lesimple, Clémence

    Assessing sickness in animals, by which we refer to non-specific states involving both physical discomfort and negative emotional states, is a real challenge. In this review, we demonstrate the need for clear and simple indicators of sickness in horses, a species in which suffering is largely...

  5. Is mare sexual behavior affected by age and can it predict ovulation?

    Contributor(s):: Rocha, Cláudia Emanuela, de Carvalho, Enilma da Cunha, de Castro, Flávia Carla Goulart Soares, Xavier, Ivis Luiz Gomes de Sena, Young, Robert John, Palhares, Maristela Silveira, da Silva Filho, José Monteiro, Carvalho, Renata Rezende, Vasconcellos, Angélica da Silva, Valle, Guilherme Ribeiro

    Although discontinued with the introduction of ultrasonography, the study of mare sexual behavior may provide useful information for herds that lack technical assistance. In order to investigate how mare sexual behavior is associated with ovulation and age, sexual behaviors were recorded for...

  6. Plains zebra (Equus quagga) behaviour in a restored population reveals seasonal resource limitations

    Contributor(s):: de Vos, Charli, Leslie, Alison J., Ransom, Jason I.

    A once abundant species, plains zebra (Equus quagga), is declining across much of sub-Saharan Africa. Reintroduction efforts at Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi, have resulted in rapid population increases, but little is known about how such populations resemble natural populations socially or...

  7. Horse vision and obstacle visibility in horseracing

    Contributor(s):: Paul, Sarah Catherine, Stevens, Martin

    Visual information is key to how many animals interact with their environment, and much research has investigated how animals respond to colour and brightness information in the natural world. Understanding the visibility of features in anthropogenic environments, and how animals respond to...

  8. TLC Equine Therapy

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    TLC Equine Therapy is an equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) program.  The program benefits of EAAT are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions that participants present.Our horses are the four legged therapists. URL Submit for free Research shows that people...

  9. Horses See Our Armor | Sara Sherman | TEDxGullLake

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Sherman

    Sara founded Discovery Horse as a way to help kids discover their inner strength. One of the most remarkable parts of working with horses, Sara says, is they know when you’re lying to yourself. “The beauty of the lies they uncover is that they are lies of self-limitation. They are...

  10. Why Horses Make The Best Coaches | Dana Spett | TEDxBergenCommunityCollege

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    | Contributor(s):: Dana Spett

      A deep look into the interaction between horses and humans: understanding the basic needs of horses, horse care and the interaction between the two provides a rich multi-sensory, experiential setting. Horses communicate non-verbally offering opportunities to feel and experience...

  11. Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP)

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    Established in 1986, the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP) is a charitable, not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) organization, registered in NY State, that is dedicated to helping special needs individuals achieve a maximum degree of freedom, independence and mobility through tested and...

  12. Defining the qualities of an equine-facilitated mental health horse or pony : An introductory survey

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    | Contributor(s):: Madeline Rose DeBoer

    Equine-facilitated mental health (EFMH) is a practice within equine-assisted therapy (EAT) that has expanded greatly in the last 20 years, but scientific research is still lacking. Thus far, no attempt has been made to characterize the horses and ponies currently used in EFMH programs, or to...

  13. The Ethical Implications of Animal Institutions | Amélie D'hers | TEDxSantaClaraUniversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Amélie D’hers

    Amélie D’hers, originally from Redmond, WA, is a third year at Santa Clara University majoring in Management Information Systems in the business school with a minor in Computer Science. Starting at a young age, Amélie developed a passion for animals and surrounded...

  14. Easter's Promise

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  15. The Importance of Comparative Psychology in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Kieson

    Practitioners of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) use it to help individuals suffering from a wide range of physical and psychological disorders as an alternative practice in physical and psychotherapy.  Although there is plenty of research to support the benefits of these...

  16. Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center

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    Fieldstone Farm engages the therapeutic power of our horses to discover and nurture the special abilities of individuals, families and communities.

  17. Using a systematic mapping review to examine equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with mental health through an occupational therapy lens

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    | Contributor(s):: Rachel Hardie

    Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) are one type of complementary and/or alternative treatment for persons with mental illness. Various approaches have been used to improve individual's self-esteem, self-efficacy, and overall health (Bizub, Joy, & Davidson, 2003; Burgon,...

  18. Equine Assisted Therapy of New Jersey

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    Equine Assisted Therapy and Handicapped Riding of NJ is a Non Profit 501 c3 Corporation. Our mission is to provide quality therapeutic services with the partnership of horses that impact the body, mind and spirit. Our goal is to promote positive changes and connections in individuals,...

  19. An exploratory study of an equine-assisted intervention for people with dementia living in a residential care facility

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah L Busselman

    There are an estimated 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (Alzheimer's Association, 2015) and the prevalence of dementia is predicted to rise to one million new cases per year. As there is no cure for dementia, health care for people with...

  20. La actividad física con caballos como medio terapéutico para mejorar la capacidad funcional y la calidad de vida de las personas de la Tercera Edad y de las afectadas por el síndrome de Fibromialgia

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    | Contributor(s):: José Blázquez Miret

    El envejecimiento supone una disminución de la capacidad funcional de las personas y por consiguiente un deterioro en su calidad de vida. Del mismo modo ocurre a las personas afectadas por Fibromialgia, que por su sintomatología presentan una realidad análoga a las personas...