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Emotional response of young race horses to a transfer from a familiar to an unfamiliar environment

Iwona Janczarek 1, Witold Kêdzierski 2
1 Department of Horse Breeding and Use, Faculty of Animal Biology and Breeding, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland 2 Department of Animal Biochemistry and Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 12, 20-033 Lublin, Poland
Abstract :

(HR) during routine situations of grooming, hoof cleaning, and while at rest, having been transported
from the environment of home stud farm to that of an unfamiliar training centre. A hypothesis was
developed that the change of environment is a source of heavy stress for young race horses.
The investigation involved 22 Purebred Arabian stallions and 19 Purebred Arabian mares, 2.5 years
old, and 11 Thoroughbred stallions and 10 Thoroughbred mares, at the age of 1.5 years. The horses
were examined twice: first in their home stud farms, and then three days after being moved to an
unfamiliar training centre. The HR was measured at rest and while the horses were being groomed
in their boxes.
The HR registered during the grooming session at the new stable increased significantly in all
studied groups of horses compared to the data obtained at their home stud farm. This increase
was significantly higher in the groups of 1.5-year–old Thoroughbred stallions and mares than in
the groups of 2.5-year-old Purebred Arabian horses. Young race horses should not be groomed just
before training because the grooming routine involves their emotional arousal.

Keywords :
emotional arousal/ grooming / heart rate / race horses

Date Deposited : 21 Jun 2011 16:19

Last Modified : 21 Jun 2011 16:27

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