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Welfare and locomotor system disorders in active draft horses (cart horses)

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Author(s):
Vivian C.M. Prado ; Maria Cristina F.N.S. Hage ; Renata G.S. Dória
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira; v. 39, n. 12, p. 942-948, Dez. 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

ABSTRACT: Horses performing tasks is a common scene in urban centers, evidenced by the significant number of animals pulling carts along the streets (cart horses). Despite the rising concern of the population for animal welfare, as well as the creation of laws that prohibit traction activity in several Brazilian municipalities, these attitudes must be based on the impact of such activity on equine health. Locomotor system disorders are commonly observed in animals of this species, and become even more frequent when they are submitted to unhealthy working conditions. In this context, we conducted a survey on locomotor system disorders in 11 active draft horses. To this end, we performed lameness assessments and radiographic and ultrasound examinations. Information on management regarding the horses’ hooves, type of harness used, and type of work performed was also obtained through the application of questionnaires to the owners. The collected data showed that, although most of the animals in the study presented critical orthopedic conditions, they were not treated and the horses did not rest for adequate time. We observed that the disorders, which are often chronic, may be directly associated with incorrect management of the animals. We emphasize the importance to disseminate information that values the welfare of traction animals in order to tackle mistreatment. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/12009-8 - Clinical survey of the most common disorders in the musculoskeletal system of draft horses (wagoner)
Grantee:Vivian Cristina Mendes Prado
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 19/03193-0 - Transient response of inflammatory mediators induced by lipopolysaccharide in blood and allantoic fluid of pregnant mares
Grantee:Renata Gebara Sampaio Dória
Support type: Regular Research Grants