Researchers will investigate how therapy horses respond to touch by people to improve our awareness of the horse’s experience and inform best practice guidelines for therapy horses.
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Researchers will study how different lighting systems affect the behavior, circadian rhythm (body clock) and well-being of stabled horses.
Researchers will evaluate three feeding systems and availability of roughage to inform feeding management and reduce abnormal behaviors in horses kept in dry lots.
Researchers will study how mare life-history factors, including age and number of previous foals, as well as mare level of attachment to her own foal affect stress-relevant behaviors at removal of the foal at weaning
Researchers will develop online training tools to help horse owners better recognize and interpret horse behavior, emotions and body language that may be indicative of health or welfare issues in their animals.
Researchers will investigate the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the behavior and well-being of cats as well as the human-animal bond.
Researchers will study how age-related chronic inflammation affects cognition, behavior and overall health and well-being of senior cats to help identify preventive measures that can be shared with owners and veterinarians.