The weight question: A consensus remains elusive for horses and donkeys

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A consensus remains elusive over the weight-carrying abilities of horses and donkeys, according to the authors of a just-published review (https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11051333). The overloading of equines has become an important issue among veterinarians, trainers, riders, and welfare advocates. Carrying too much weight can have a range of negative effects — biomechanical, physiological, biochemical, and behavioral. It can cause gait imbalances and lameness. 

“It is important to determine how to carefully quantify the load-carrying capacity of both ridden horses and working equids,” Syed Bukhari, Alan McElligott and Rebecca Parkes noted in the journal Animals.

Period10 May 2021