Evaluation of the Welfare of the Lesson Horse used for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

dc.contributor.advisor Spooner, Holly
dc.contributor.author Nobbe, Holly
dc.contributor.committeemember Spooner, Holly
dc.contributor.committeemember Hoffman, Rhonda
dc.contributor.committeemember Brzezicki, Anne
dc.contributor.department Agribusiness & Agriscience en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-13T18:29:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-13T18:29:02Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-01
dc.description.abstract The welfare of horses used in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) has long been debated due to a lack of agreement in interpreting horse behavior, specifically in response to stress factors. This study was constructed to analyze changes in heart rate to determine if horses experienced identifiable stress responses when used in an EAAT lesson program. Eight healthy, regularly working therapeutic riding horses were randomly selected and monitored on two testing days. Both “stressful” and “relaxed” behavioral observations were recorded during lessons for each subject. Neither stress responses nor relaxed responses were affected by the number of lessons (P > 0.30) or the age of horses (P > 0.38) when horses participated in two lessons in a given day. Horses managed with proper care and well-being practices are well suited to participate in at least two EAAT lessons daily, as minimal stress responses were observed.
dc.description.degree M.S.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4899
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Behavior
dc.subject Heart rates
dc.subject Stress
dc.subject Therapeutic riding horse
dc.subject.umi Animal sciences
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title Evaluation of the Welfare of the Lesson Horse used for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies
dc.type Thesis
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