Fine-Tuning Equine Welfare Evaluations

This approach, featuring animal-based indicators, could help well-meaning owners detect equine welfare issues they might accidentally be overlooking at their own farms, researchers say.
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This new approach, featuring animal-based indicators, could help well-meaning owners detect equine welfare issues they might accidentally be overlooking at their own farms, says Dr. Irena Czycholl. | Photo: iStock

The Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN) assessment protocol for horse farms, developed in 2015, is getting fine-tuned by researchers who are testing it in the field. And it’s already showing positive results.

“This new approach, featuring animal-based indicators, helps well-meaning owners detect welfare issues they might accidentally be overlooking in their farms, leading to constructive changes that improve their horses’ lives,” said Irena Czycholl, PhD, of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry, in Germany.

Czycholl and her fellow researchers recently investigated a two-level approach to the AWIN horse protocol. The first level allows for a general overview of an entire farm based on quick evaluations of a sample of horses. The second level provides more specific details, with more in-depth evaluations of every horse on the farm

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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