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  1. Maternal Behavior, Posture Change, and Production Performance of Lactating Sows Housed in an Enriched Environment

    Contributor(s):: Yi, Ran, Wang, Chao, Zhang, Xin, Zhao, Peng, Zhang, Mingyue, Li, Xiang, Cui, Shiquan, Liu, Honggui, Bao, Jun

    This study aimed to evaluate whether adding straw to a loose-farrowing house promotes maternal functions and production. Forty-eight sows (Landrace× Large White) were housed in either a farrowing pen without straw (C, n = 24) or with straw (S, n = 24). Behaviors were observed using video...

  2. An Exploration of Equine-Assisted Therapy to Improve Balance, Functional Capacity, and Cognition in Older Adults With Alzheimer Disease

    Contributor(s):: Borges de Araujo, T., Martins, W. R., Freitas, M. P., Camargos, E., Mota, J., Safons, M. P.

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a chronic, progressive dementia syndrome that features cognitive and behavioral symptoms, as well as physical and functional limitations that develop over the course of the disease. As an activity that involves physical and cognitive aspects,...

  3. Specificity and variability of trunk kinematics on a mechanical horse

    Contributor(s):: Goodworth, A. D., Barrett, C., Rylander, J., Garner, B.

  4. Activation of lower limb muscles with different types of mount in hippotherapy

    Contributor(s):: Ribeiro, M. F., Espindula, A. P., Bevilacqua Junior, D. E., Tolentino, J. A., Silva, Cfrd, Araujo, M. F., Ferreira, A. A., Teixeira, V. P. A.

  5. Domestic horses (Equus caballus) prefer to approach humans displaying a submissive body posture rather than a dominant body posture

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    | Contributor(s):: Amy Victoria Smith, Clara Wilson, Karen McComb, Leanne Proops

    Signals of dominance and submissiveness are central to conspecific communication in many species. For domestic animals, sensitivities to these signals in humans may also be beneficial. We presented domestic horses with a free choice between two unfamiliar humans, one adopting a submissive and...

  6. Innovative robotic hippotherapy improves postural muscle size and postural stability during the quiet stance and gait initiation in a child with cerebral palsy: A single case study

    | Contributor(s):: Park, J. H., You, J. S. H.

  7. Effect of Hippotherapy on Motor Proficiency and Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy Who Walk

    | Contributor(s):: Champagne, D., Corriveau, H., Dugas, C.

  8. Dog Experts' Brains Distinguish Socially Relevant Body Postures Similarly in Dogs and Humans

    | Contributor(s):: Miiamaaria V. Kujala, Jan Kujala, Synnöve Carlson, Riitta Hari

    We read conspecifics' social cues effortlessly, but little is known about our abilities to understand social gestures of other species. To investigate the neural underpinnings of such skills, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain activity of experts and non-experts...

  9. Thai elephant‐assisted therapy programme in children with Down syndrome

    | Contributor(s):: Satiansukpong, Nuntanee, Pongsaksri, Maethisa, Sasat, Daranee

  10. Intervention for an Adolescent With Cerebral Palsy During Period of Accelerated Growth

    | Contributor(s):: Reubens, R., Silkwood-Sherer, D. J.

  11. Use of Hippotherapy With a Boy After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Study

    | Contributor(s):: Erdman, E. A.

  12. The Efficacy of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies on Improving Physical Function

    | Contributor(s):: Rigby, B. R., Grandjean, P. W.

  13. Changes in Gait Balance and Brain Connectivity in Response to Equine-Assisted Activity and Training in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Hyun, G. J., Jung, T. W., Park, J. H., Kang, K. D., Kim, S. M., Son, Y. D., Cheong, J. H., Kim, B. N., Han, D. H.

  14. Equine therapy as a therapeutic resource: electromyographic analysis of the rectus abdominis and paravertebral muscles during mounts

    | Contributor(s):: Deisire Eckert

    Animal assisted therapy (TAA) is a practice with specific criteria where the animal is the main part of the treatment, aiming to promote the social, emotional, physical and / or cognitive improvement of patients. It assumes that the love and friendship that can arise between humans and animals...

  15. Effects of hippotherapy on postural stability in cerebral palsy: report of a case

    | Contributor(s):: Fernández-Gutiérrez, C., Apolo-Arenas, M. D., Martínez-García, Y., Caña-Pino, A.

  16. Effects of stocking rate on measures of efficacy and welfare during argon gas euthanasia of weaned pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Fiedler, K. J., Parsons, R. L., Sadler, L. J., Millman, S. T.

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of chamber stocking rate on facets of animal welfare and efficacy during euthanasia of weaned pigs ( Sus scrofa domesticus) with argon gas. Two hundred and thirty-three weaned pigs designated for euthanasia at a commercial production farm...

  17. Making the case for developing alternative lameness scoring systems for dairy goats

    | Contributor(s):: Vieira, A., Oliveira, M. D., Nunes, T., Stilwell, G.

    Lameness is a behavioural indicator of pain that negatively affects dairy ruminants' health and welfare. Lameness is generally assessed by subjective methods, based on the observation of the animal's behaviour, using numerical rating scales (NRSs) - the most common scoring system - and visual...

  18. Does hippotherapy effect use of sensory information for balance in people with multiple sclerosis?

    | Contributor(s):: Lindroth, J. L.

  19. The effect of four different feeding regimes on rabbit behaviour

    | Contributor(s):: Prebble, J. L., Langford, F. M., Shaw, D. J., Meredith, A. L.

    Dietary composition and presentation impacts on the behaviour of animals, and failure to provide a suitable diet can lead to reduced welfare through the development of poor health, the inability to express normal behaviours and the development of abnormal behaviours. This study assessed the...

  20. Urinary posture and motor laterality in dogs ( Canis lupus familiaris) at two shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Gough, W., McGuire, B.

    Motor laterality is the preference shown for using one limb or lateral half of the body over the other. In domestic dogs, most laterality studies have examined forelimb preferences during staged tasks. We focused instead on hindlimb preferences during urination when males use the raised-leg...