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  1. The Effect of Tree Width on Thoracolumbar and Limb Kinematics, Saddle Pressure Distribution, and Thoracolumbar Dimensions in Sports Horses in Trot and Canter

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    | Contributor(s):: Russell MacKechnie-Guire, Erik MacKechnie-Guire, Vanessa Fairfax, Diana Fisher, Mark Fisher, Thilo Pfau

    This study evaluated the effect of saddle tree width on thoracolumbar and limb kinematics, saddle pressure distribution, and thoracolumbar epaxial musculature dimensions. Correctly fitted saddles were fitted by a Society of Master Saddler Qualified Saddle Fitter in fourteen sports horses (mean...

  2. Achieving change through horses: Peter van Dommele at TEDxBilbao

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    | Contributor(s):: Peter van Dommele

  3. Equestrian activities in Romania: the vaulting discipline

    | Contributor(s):: Bochis, F.

  4. Perceptions and attitudes towards mules in a group of soldiers

    | Contributor(s):: Lagos, J., Rojas, M., Rodrigues, J. B., Tadich, T.

  5. Miniature horse training (Equus caballus) for use in equine assisted therapy, according to equine learning theory

    | Contributor(s):: Rocha Medeiros, B. da, Silva, M. M. da, Zanette, P. R. K., Claus, M. P., Cardoso, J.

  6. Anti-Inflammatory State in Arabian Horses Introduced to the Endurance Training

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    | Contributor(s):: OlgaWitkowska-Piłaszewicz, Piotr Baska, Michał Czopowicz, Magdalena Zmigrodzka, Ewa Szarska, Jarosław Szczepaniak, Zuzanna Nowak, Anna Winnicka, Anna Cywinska

    Development of an anti-inflammatory state during physical training has been postulated in both human and equine athletes, but it is not completely understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether endurance training changes pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine profiles within a...

  7. Benefits of Animal Exposure on Veterinary Students' Understanding of Equine Behaviour and Self-Assessed Equine Handling Skills

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauréline Guinnefollau, Erica K. Gee, Charlotte F. Bolwell, Elizabeth J. Norman, Chris W. Rogers

    Horses are one of the most dangerous animals veterinarians have to work with. For many veterinary students, their first exposure to horses occurs during practical classes. To evaluate the level of knowledge students have of equine behaviour and their equine handling competency when entering...

  8. Fast Horses: The Racehorse in Health, Disease and Afterlife, 1800 - 1920

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    | Contributor(s):: Esther Harper

    Sports historians have identified the 19th century as a period of significant change in the sport of horseracing, during which it evolved from a sporting pastime of the landed gentry into an industry, and came under increased regulatory control from the Jockey Club. Although racehorses were the...

  9. Equine Assisted Couples Therapy: An Exploratory Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Taylor Marie Ham

    Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging experiential methodology that has recently gained recognition as a method for addressing a range of presenting problems for a wide variety of client populations. Couples therapy is one area that the practice of equine assisted psychotherapy...

  10. Irish Equine Industry Stakeholder Perspectives of Objective Technology for Biomechanical Analyses in the Field

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    | Contributor(s):: Sonja Egan, Pieter Brama, Denise McGrath

    Wearable sensing technologies are increasingly used in human and equine gait research to improve ecological validity of research findings. It is unclear how these tools have penetrated the equine industry or what perspectives industry stakeholders’ hold in relation to these relatively new...

  11. Friday essay: the cultural meanings of wild horses

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    | Contributor(s):: Michael J. Adams

    From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.

  12. Psychological and Physical Benefits of Interactions with Horses

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    | Contributor(s):: Jillian Hatcher, Clay Cavinder, Courtney P. Heaton, Lesli Figueiredo, Alex Holtcamp, Thu Dinh

    Although much research exists concerning how horses can benefit people with specific debilitating impairments, relatively few studies have pursued what benefit horses offer people in the way of stress relief and improved quality of life. Study participants interacted with horses by grooming...

  13. Eye Blink Rates and Eyelid Twitches as a Non-Invasive Measure of Stress in the Domestic Horse

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    | Contributor(s):: Katrina Merkies, Chloe Ready, Leanne Farkas, Abigail Hodder

    Physiological changes provide indices of stress responses, however, behavioural measures may be easier to determine. Spontaneous eye blink rate has potential as a non-invasive indicator of stress. Eyelid movements, along with heart rate (HR) and behaviour, from 33 horses were evaluated over...

  14. Epidemiology of Equestrian Accidents: a Literature Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Meredith, Robert Ekman, Karin Brolin

    Purpose: This manuscript aimed to present a review of the literature pertaining to horse riding and other horse-related injuries. Method: A review of the literature was performed, searching for appropriate terms with regards to horse accidents, horse riding injuries and protective clothing for...

  15. The Blood and Muscle Expression Pattern of the Equine TCAP Gene during the Race Track Training of Arabian Horses

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    | Contributor(s):: Monika Stefaniuk-Szmukier, Tomasz Szmatoła, Joanna Łatka, Bogusława Długosz, Katarzyna Ropka-Molik

    Horse musculature has been shaped through evolution by environmental and human factors, which has resulted in several extraordinary adaptations to physical effort. Skeletal muscle plasticity results from the response to mechanical stimulation causing hypertrophy, where sarcomeres increase the...

  16. Painting with Horses Towards Interspecies Response-ability: Non-human Charisma as Material Affect

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    | Contributor(s):: Madeleine Boyd

    Leading up to the 2014 Melbourne Cup three communication modes were employed by unrelated horse welfare activists to raise awareness of cruelty in the racing industry. The intention to increase empathy with horses ties together these efforts, which are characterised as written, visual and...

  17. King's Stables

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    King’s Stables of King's Home is a fully operational farm with an equine therapy program offering hope and healing through bonding with horses. The goal of equine therapy is to help King’s Home residents and other participants develop needed skills and character traits, such as...

  18. Hope and Healing at Hillenglade

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    Hope and Healing at Hillenglade is an Equine-Assisted Program that offers time away in the Country for our Active Armed Forces, Veterans, First Responders and their Families to enjoy the Therapeutic Wonder of Horses. 

  19. Hootie's Horse Haven

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    Hooties Horse Haven is a ranch dedicated to helping people fulfill their dreams and reach their goals.

  20. Behavioral and Physiological Differences between Working Horses and Chilean Rodeo Horses in a Handling Test

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    | Contributor(s):: Paula Rosselot, Tiago Mendonça, Igor González, Tamara Tadich

    Non-invasive measures are preferred when assessing animal welfare. Differences in behavioral and physiological responses toward a stressor could be the result of the selection of horses for specific uses. Behavioral and physiological responses of working and Chilean rodeo horses subjected to a...