Making Good Welfare Assessments During Equine Transport

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Cyril Roy, currently completing his PhD at the Atlantic Veterinary College, gave an overview of his research into making good welfare assessments of horses during and after transportation at the Animal Transport Association’s conference in March. He mentioned that the temporal aspects of his research are challenging and a good place to start is to measure the risk factors that can affect welfare during and after transport.

Some of the common risk factors are space allowance, trailer design, ramp design, and food and water provisions during transport

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Rebecca Gimenez Husted, BS, PhD, is the primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Her first book, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was published in 2008. She is an internationally sought instructor in technical rescue techniques, procedures, and methodologies, and she has published numerous critiques, articles and journal submissions on horse safety, technical large animal rescue and horse handling issues.

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