Effects of vehicle type, driver experience and transport management during loading and in-transit on the welfare of road transported horses in New Zealand

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication78th Conference of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production
Subtitle of host publicationProgramme
Pages92-95
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

Publication series

Name
ISSN (Print)0370-2731

Conference

Title78th Conference of the
New Zealand Society of Animal Production (NZSAP 2018)
LocationLincoln University
PlaceNew Zealand
CityLincoln
Period9 - 12 July 2018

Abstract

The transport of horses for pleasure and commerce occurs frequently in New Zealand. In contrast to commercial livestock transport, most are transported by nonprofessional drivers in vehicles accommodating 2-3 animals; these do not have design standards that specifically address livestock welfare. The study identified if vehicle type and other factors were associated with transport related behavioural problems (TRBPs) during loading and in-transit. An online survey addressing transport practices and TRBPs was distributed throughout the New Zealand horse industry. Univariate and multivariate analyses identified risk factors for TRBPs (P<0.2) during loading and in-transit. Use of a whip or food during loading, feeding en route, travel frequency, and
transport vehicle type were risk factors for TRBPs during loading (P<0.02). The ability to assess horse distress, feeding en route, the use of a whip for loading and vehicle type were risk factors for TRBPs in-transit (P<0.03). Commercial transport and transport in large trucks were associated with TRBPs during loading and in-transit respectively. Findings support other published evidence that adverse welfare outcomes for horses may be associated with vehicle types and other factors. Further study is required to differentiate the role of vehicle design or type from horse loading and transport practices in New Zealand.

Research Area(s)

  • horse, road transport, welfare, behavioural problems, injury

Citation Format(s)

Effects of vehicle type, driver experience and transport management during loading and in-transit on the welfare of road transported horses in New Zealand. / Riley, C.B.; Rogers, C.W.; Padalino, B.
78th Conference of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production: Programme. 2018. p. 92-95.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review