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Effect of the Work Performed by Tourism Carriage Horses on Physiological and Blood Parameters

Authordc.contributor.authorVergara, Fernando 
Authordc.contributor.authorTadich Gallo, Tamara 
Admission datedc.date.accessioned2015-08-23T01:02:05Z
Available datedc.date.available2015-08-23T01:02:05Z
Publication datedc.date.issued2015
Cita de ítemdc.identifier.citationJournal of Equine Veterinary Science 35 (2015) 213–218en_US
Identifierdc.identifier.otherDOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2014.12.018
Identifierdc.identifier.urihttp://repositorio.uchile.cl/handle/2250/133059
General notedc.descriptionArtículo de publicación ISIen_US
Abstractdc.description.abstractWelfare of working horses is a matter of public concern, with scarce information on their possible physiological coping mechanisms. The aim of this study was to assess changes in possible physiological welfare indicators in working horses, as a result of pulling tourism carriages under field conditions. A descriptive field study of the work performed by tourism carriage horses and their physiological, hematological, and blood biochemistry implications was performed. For this, 10 tourism carriage horses were studied under normal working conditions. For description of work, speed, distance, and force were calculated. To assess welfare, physiological variables including heart rate, respiratory rate, rectal temperature, and hematological and blood biochemistry parameters were evaluated before, during, and after work. Results show that tourism carriage horses exerted a submaximal effort in terms of speed, force, and physiological variables assessed. The heart and respiratory rate showed significant increases (P < .05) after work, but recovered to basal values within the first 10 minutes. Blood variables did not show significant changes that could be related to poor welfare. Lactate and packed cell volume (PCV) were the only blood variables with significant differences across work (P < .05) with lactate decreasing over time and PCV increasing with work and returning to basal levels at 10 minutes after work. Physiological variables showed a possible adaptation to work by the carriage horses but were not sufficient to diagnose a welfare problem. Management practices and other animal-based indicators should be included in further studies to obtain a holistic conclusion.en_US
Patrocinadordc.description.sponsorshipONDECYT Iniciación 11121467en_US
Lenguagedc.language.isoenen_US
Publisherdc.publisherElsevieren_US
Type of licensedc.rightsAtribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 Chile*
Link to Licensedc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/cl/*
Keywordsdc.subjectWorking horseen_US
Keywordsdc.subjectCarriageen_US
Keywordsdc.subjectTourismen_US
Keywordsdc.subjectPhysiologyen_US
Keywordsdc.subjectWelfareen_US
Títulodc.titleEffect of the Work Performed by Tourism Carriage Horses on Physiological and Blood Parametersen_US
Document typedc.typeArtículo de revistaen_US


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