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In Europe, there are different rules for transport of unbroken (unhandled) and broken horses. Because of the difficulties of properly distinguishing between the two, unbroken horses often are transported long distances in inappropriate conditions. To improve identification, researchers will record the behavioral reactions, heart rate and eye temperature of 58 horses (29 broken, 29 unbroken) during haltering and handling. The data will be used to generate criteria that distinguish unbroken horses from broken horses. Identifying unbroken horses prior to transport will ensure that these animals are transported in accordance with current regulations, greatly reducing their mental and physical distress.

Study ID
D21EQ-522
Study Status
Active
Start Date
04/01/2021
Grant amount awarded
$10,000
Grant recipient
University of Bologna
Study country
Italy
Investigator
Barbara Padalino, DVM, PhD
Study category
Behavior