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  1. Exploring the existence and potential underpinnings of dog-human and horse-human attachment bonds

    Contributor(s):: Payne, E., Dearaugo, J., Bennett, P., McGreevy, P.

    This article reviews evidence for the existence of attachment bonds directed toward humans in dog-human and horse-human dyads. It explores each species' alignment with the four features of a typical attachment bond: separation-related distress, safe haven, secure base and proximity seeking. While...

  2. The impact of therapeutic riding for people with disabilities on variables related to mental health

    Contributor(s):: Schneider, M. S., Harley, L. P.

    Substantial anecdotal evidence and some research indicate that therapeutic riding for people with disabilities has a positive impact on mental health. There is similar evidence showing that equine programs that include a psychotherapeutic component also have a positive impact. However, much of...

  3. The impact of therapeutic riding for people with disabilities on variables related to mental health

    Contributor(s):: Schneider, M. S., Harley, L. P.

    Substantial anecdotal evidence and some research indicate that therapeutic riding for people with disabilities has a positive impact on mental health. There is similar evidence showing that equine programs that include a psychotherapeutic component also have a positive impact. However, much of...

  4. Exploring the existence and potential underpinnings of dog-human and horse-human attachment bonds

    Contributor(s):: Payne, E., Dearaugo, J., Bennett, P., McGreevy, P.

    This article reviews evidence for the existence of attachment bonds directed toward humans in dog-human and horse-human dyads. It explores each species' alignment with the four features of a typical attachment bond: separation-related distress, safe haven, secure base and proximity seeking. While...

  5. Keeper-animal interactions: differences between the behaviour of zoo animals affect stockmanship

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    | Contributor(s):: Ward, S. J., Melfi, V.

    Stockmanship is a term used to describe the management of animals with a good stockperson someone who does this in a in a safe, effective, and low-stress manner for both the stock-keeper and animals involved. Although impacts of unfamiliar zoo visitors on animal behaviour have been extensively...

  6. Farmer and public attitudes toward lamb finishing systems

    | Contributor(s):: Coleman, G., Jongman, E., Greenfield, L., Hemsworth, P.

    To develop research and policy on the welfare of lambs in intensive finishing systems, it is important to understand public and sheep farmers' attitudes. The aim of this research was to identify and compare farmer and community attitudes relevant to the intensification of lamb finishing. The...

  7. Impact of structural and cognitive enrichment on the learning performance, behavior and physiology of dwarf goats ( Capra aegagrus hircus)

    | Contributor(s):: Oesterwind, S., Nurnberg, G., Puppe, B., Langbein, J.

    Intensive husbandry usually offers only limited opportunities for animals to perform their characteristic species-specific behavior and can lead to boredom, stress or frustration. The positive impact of structural forms of environmental enrichment on animal welfare is well investigated because it...

  8. A modeling approach for estimating seasonal dietary preferences of goats in a Mediterranean Quercus frainetto-Juniperus oxycedrus woodland

    | Contributor(s):: Manousidis, T., Malesios, C., Kyriazopoulos, A. P., Parissi, Z. M., Abraham, E. M., Abas, Z.

    Goats are characterized as selective feeders due to their specific feeding behavior, thus the study of their seasonal preferences in a Mediterranean oak-juniper ecosystem is of great interest. The current research was conducted in an open oak forest in Megalo Dereio region, northeastern Greece...

  9. Detecting horses' sickness: in search of visible signs

    | Contributor(s):: Hausberger, M., Fureix, C., Lesimple, C.

    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...

  10. A welfare assessment scoring system for working equids - a method for identifying at risk populations and for monitoring progress of welfare enhancement strategies (trialed in Egypt)

    | Contributor(s):: Ali, A. B. A., El-Sayed, M. A., Matoock, M. Y., Fouad, M. A., Heleski, C. R.

    There are an estimated 112 million horses, donkeys and mules (i.e., working equids) in developing regions of the world. Though their roles are often fundamental to the well-being of the families they work for, their welfare is often severely compromised due to the limited resources and/or limited...

  11. Cattle handling pointers: stockmanship and low-stress handling

    | Contributor(s):: Gill, R., Machen, R.

  12. Cognition and learning in horses ( Equus caballus): what we know and why we should ask more

    | Contributor(s):: Brubaker, L., Udell, M. A. R.

    Horses ( Equus caballus) have a rich history in their relationship with humans. Across different cultures and eras they have been utilized for work, show, cultural rituals, consumption, therapy, and companionship and continue to serve in many of these roles today. As one of the most commonly...

  13. Cost-effective approach to reducing collisions with elk by fencing between existing highway structures

    | Contributor(s):: Gagnon, Jeffrey W., Loberger, Chad D., Sprague, Scott C., Ogren, Kari S., Boe, Susan L., Schweinsburg, Raymond E.

  14. Does body condition affect immediate post-capture survival of ungulates?

    | Contributor(s):: Bender, Louis C.

  15. Too many hogs? A review of methods to mitigate impact by wild boar and feral hogs

    | Contributor(s):: Massei, G., Roy, S., Bunting, R.

  16. Characteristics of hippotherapeutic horses in Poland

    | Contributor(s):: Pawelec, A., Kubinska, M., Jastrzebska, E., Wejer, J.

    This study analysed selected traits of hippotherapeutic horses and the ways of using themin Poland. The studies were carried out with 86 horses from 18 hippotherapy centres. Based on the collected data, it was concluded that, on average, 4.8 horses per centre were used for hippotherapy purposes....

  17. Hippotherapy and features of horses used in therapyHippoterapi ve terapide kullanilan atlarin ozellikleri

    | Contributor(s):: Koseman, A., Seker, I.

    The aim of this study is to highlight both the hippotherapy, which is used as a method of therapy for mentally and physically disabled individuals and features of horses used in therapy. Shortly, hippotherapy, which means "the therapy by means of a horse", has neuro-physiological mechanism....

  18. Applying One Health to the study of animal-assisted interventions

    | Contributor(s):: Chalmers, D., Dell, C. A.

    The use of animal-assisted interventions in therapeutic programs is a growing phenomenon. Animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) involve a variety of species (dogs, cats, horses, domesticated birds, etc.) in primary health care. Despite their increasing application in a wide range of therapeutic...

  19. On-site veterinary medical evaluation and care of working dogs and horses at the 2012 Republican National Convention

    | Contributor(s):: Chatfield, J. A., Dewell, R., Miranda, A. J., Wilcox, S., Vannieuwenhoven, T. J.

    Objective - To describe on-site veterinary medical care for working dogs and horses deployed for the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla, August 24 to 30, 2012. Design - Retrospective case series. Sample - 130 dogs and 45 horses. Procedures - Data collected included breed,...

  20. Unusual animal behavior preceding the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku, Japan: a way to predict the approach of large earthquakes

    | Contributor(s):: Yamauchi, H., Uchiyama, H., Ohtani, N., Ohta, M.

    Unusual animal behaviors (UABs) have been observed before large earthquakes (EQs), however, their mechanisms are unclear. While information on UABs has been gathered after many EQs, few studies have focused on the ratio of emerged UABs or specific behaviors prior to EQs. On 11 March 2011, an EQ...