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  1. Ultrasonographic examination of equine fetal growth parameters throughout gestation in pony for Equine-Assisted Therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Gao, Y., Hannan, M. A., Murata, K., Rajabi-Toustani, R., Nambo, Y.

    Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) is gaining popularity. Ultrasound examination is used to decrease the abortion rate in horses. In this study, to monitor fetal well-being throughout the gestation for EAT, we measured fetal heart rate (FHR), fetal eye orbit (FEO), fetal gonad length (FGL), fetal...

  2. Use of artificial drinkers by unhandled semi-feral ponies

    | Contributor(s):: Van de Weerd, Heleen A., Seaman, Shirley, Wheeler, Karen, Goddard, Pete, McLean, Barbara

    This study investigated drinking behaviour of unhandled, semi-feral Dartmoor ponies. Aspects studied were drinking behaviour, latency to drink from novel unfamiliar drinkers after transport, preferences for different types of artificial water drinkers, effects of mixing with unfamiliar ponies and...

  3. Cognitive testing in horses using a computer based apparatus

    | Contributor(s):: Gabor, Vivian, Gerken, Martina

    For the study of higher order cognition, the matching to sample procedure presents an established method to test relational concept learning in several species. In the present study we designed a method of testing ponies via a computer based model. We used the advantages of an automatic stimulus...

  4. Study into long-term memory of a complex learning task in Shetland ponies (Equus caballus)

    | Contributor(s):: Gabor, Vivian, Gerken, Martina

    Three Shetland ponies were tested in memorizing a quantity discrimination task with a computer based learning device. One year before, they had learned to relate a quantity of geometric symbols to another on a computer flat screen presented in a matching to sample design. All three of the ponies...

  5. Preliminary investigation of morphological differences between ten breeds of horses suggests selection for paedomorphosis. (Special Issue: Equitation science.)

    | Contributor(s):: Goodwin, D., Levine, M., McGreevy, P. D.

    Paedomorphosis is the retention of juvenile morphology at maturity and is important in generating evolutionary change in domestic species and species in the wild. When comparing dogs with the wolf, this preliminary study saw paedomorphosis in their physical and behavioural traits (Goodwin,...

  6. Animals 2U

    At Animals 2U our mission is to provide a unique, fun, educational and engaging animal experience in a supervised, supportive, and caring environment. All of our animals are friendly and have been hand raised at our farm. Our mobile animal farm is suitable for all occasions and all ages, offering...

  7. Social relations in a mixed group of mules, ponies and donkeys reflect differences in equid type

    | Contributor(s):: Proops, Leanne, Burden, Faith, Osthaus, Britta

  8. Characteristics of the trunks of horses used for classic hippotherapy

    | Contributor(s):: Pluta, M.

  9. Autistic children in pony therapy: Evaluation scales and psychological and ethological approaches concerning relational, emotional and communication fields

    | Contributor(s):: de Reure, A. Lorin

  10. Eliminative behaviour of free-ranging horses: do they show latrine behaviour or do they defecate where they graze?

    | Contributor(s):: Lamoot, I., Callebaut, J., Degezelle, T., Demeulenaere, E., Laquiere, J., Vandenberghe, C., Hoffmann, M.

    In contrast to horses in pastures, it is thought that free-ranging horses do not perform latrine behaviour, i.e. a behavioural pattern whereby the animals graze and defecate in separate areas. However, few studies deal with this particular subject, reporting contrasting conclusions. We...

  11. Enfants autistes en therapie avec le poney: Echelles de'evaluation et approaches clinique et ethologique concernant les domaines relationnels, emotionnels et la communication

    | Contributor(s):: de Reure, A. Lorin

    The author presents clinical research data, concerning bodily and psychological infraverbal interactions involved in the contact between autistic children and ponies. The aim is to collect descriptive and clinical data about what is happening between child and animal, in order to analyze...