Risk factors for transport-related problem behaviors in horses : A New Zealand survey

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Author(s)

  • Barbara Padalino
  • Chris W. Rogers
  • Danielle Guiver
  • Janis P. Bridges
  • Christopher B. Riley

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Original languageEnglish
Article number134
Journal / PublicationAnimals
Volume8
Issue number8
Online published2 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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Abstract

Transport-related problem behaviors (TRPBs) are common in horses and can cause injury to both the horses and their handlers. This study aimed to identify possible risk factors for TRPBs to inform approaches to mitigate TRPBs incidence and enhance horse welfare. An online cross-sectional survey was conducted to explore the prevalence of TRPBs and their association with human-, training-and transport management-related factors in New Zealand. The survey generated 1124 valid responses that were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and logistic regression analyses. Having at least one horse with TRPB was reported by 249/1124 (22.2%) respondents during the two previous years. Of these, 21/249 (8.4%) occurred during pre-loading, 78/249 (31.3%) during loading, 132/249 (53.0%) while travelling, and 18/249 (7.3%) during unloading. Our findings indicate that the use of negative reinforcement and positive punishment as training methods, using a whip or food for loading, and travelling in a straight load trailer/float while offering food were associated with a higher likelihood of TRPBs. Cross-sectional studies cannot determine causality and findings should be interpreted with caution, and evaluated in further experimental studies. The authors suggest that education on appropriate training methods for transport, and vehicle selection may mitigate the risk for TRPBs in horses.

Research Area(s)

  • Horse, Problem behavior, Training, Transport

Citation Format(s)

Risk factors for transport-related problem behaviors in horses: A New Zealand survey. / Padalino, Barbara; Rogers, Chris W.; Guiver, Danielle et al.
In: Animals, Vol. 8, No. 8, 134, 08.2018.

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