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Post-communist canine: a feminist approach to women and dogs in canine performance sports in Poland
Contributor(s):: Wlodarczyk, J.
The article attempts to present the complexity of relationships between women, capitalism, democracy, and competitive dog training in post-communist Poland. The article documents the correlation between increased involvement of women in competitive canine sports in Poland after 1989, changes in...
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...
Changing human-animal relationships in sport: an analysis of the UK and Australian horse racing whips debates
Contributor(s):: Graham, R., McManus, P.
Changing social values and new technologies have contributed to increasing media attention and debate about the acceptable use of animals in sport. This paper focuses on the use of the whip in thoroughbred horse racing. Those who defend its use argue it is a necessary tool needed for safety,...
Evidence of heterospecific referential communication from domestic horses (Equus caballus) to humans
Contributor(s):: Malavasi, R., Huber, L.
Referential communication occurs when a sender elaborates its gestures to direct the attention of a recipient to its role in pursuit of the desired goal, e.g. by pointing or showing an object, thereby informing the recipient what it wants. If the gesture is successful, the sender and the...
What is a canine athlete?
Contributor(s):: Zink, M. C., Dyke, J. B. van
Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. It encompasses and integrates a variety of fields, including orthopedics, exercise physiology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, and others. Rehabilitation, which includes conditioning...
Ethische Aspekte der physischen und der psychischen Belastung des Pferdes durch dessen reiterliche Nutzung
Contributor(s):: Meyer, H.
Don't fence me in: managing psychological well being for elite performance horses
Contributor(s):: Henderson, A. J. Z.
This article posits that stereotypical behavior patterns and the overall psychological well being of today's performance horse could be substantially enhanced with care that acknowledges the relationship between domesticated horses and their forerunners. Feral horses typically roam in stable,...
Management practices associated with owner-reported stable-related and handling behaviour problems in UK leisure horses
Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, J., Creighton, E.
Stable-related and handling behaviour problems are highly prevalent in UK leisure horses. Associations between routine management practices and behaviour problems have been identified in racehorses and performance horses but it is unknown whether these practices are also associated with behaviour...
A note on the force of whip impacts delivered by jockeys using forehand and backhand strikes
Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Hawson, L. A., Salvin, H., McLean, A. N.
The Australian Racing Board makes a distinction under its Rules of Racing concerning whip use between forehand and backhand whip action that is critically important: before the final 100 m of a race, the whip shall be used in a forehand manner neither in consecutive strides nor on more than 5...
'Bling with bite' - the rise of status and weapon dogs
Contributor(s):: Harding, S.
Application of Qualitative Behavioural Assessment to horses during an endurance ride
Contributor(s):: Fleming, P. A., Paisley, C. L., Barnes, A. L., Wemelsfelder, F.
Cross-modal individual recognition in domestic horses ( Equus caballus) extends to familiar humans
Contributor(s):: Proops, L., McComb, K.
Heart rate variability in horses engaged in equine-assisted activities
Contributor(s):: Gehrke, E. K., Baldwin, A., Schiltz, P. M.
How "natural" training methods can affect equine mental state? A critical approach - a review
Contributor(s):: Rozempolska-Rucinska, I., Trojan, M., Kosik, E., Prochniak, T., Gorecka-Bruzda, A.
Human direct actions may alter animal welfare, a study on horses ( Equus caballus )
Contributor(s):: Lesimple, C., Fureix, C., Menguy, H., Hausberger, M.
Background: Back pain is the cause of bad welfare in humans and animals. Although vertebral problems are regularly reported on riding horses, these problems are not always identified nor noticed enough to prevent these horses to be used for work. Methodology/Principal Findings: Nineteen horses...
Flight distance and avoidance score in Thoroughbred foals and yearlings and the relationship with handling frequency in the young ages
Contributor(s):: Masuda, T., Takakura, A., Kobayashi, S.
Flight and avoidance reactions from human were examined using 168 postweaning Thoroughbred foals in 22 breeding farms. Further 114 yearlings of 168 foals were tested in the following summer. The foal handlings by the stabler were asked in questionnaire. The relationship between the behavioural...
A preliminary study of the effects of handling type on horses' emotional reactivity and the human-horse relationship
Contributor(s):: Fureix, C., Pages, M., Bon, R., Lassalle, J. M., Kuntz, P., Gonzalez, G.
Equine learning behaviour. (Special Issue: Equine learning behaviour.)
Contributor(s):: Murphy, J., Arkins, S.
Equine learning behaviour: accounting for ecological constraints and relationships with humans in experimental design. (Special Issue: Equine learning behaviour.)
Contributor(s):: Hothersall, B., Nicol, C.
Learning performances in young horses using two different learning tests
Contributor(s):: Visser, E. K., Reenen, C. G. van, Schilder, M. B. H., Barneveld, A., Blokhuis, H. J.
To achieve optimal performance in equine sports as well as in leisure not only the physical abilities of the horse should be considered, but also the horse's personality. Besides temperamental aspects, like emotionality, or the horse's reactivity towards humans in handling situations, the...