Long-Haul Transport and Horse Health Risks

Long-distance transport poses risks for horse health and welfare that should not be taken lightly, researchers found.
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Long-Haul Transport and Horse Health Risks
1,604 horses (97%) arrived at the destination with no evidence of pain, lameness, or other injury/disease process. | Photo: iStock

While today’s planes, trains, and automobiles make long-distance horse transport easier than ever , it’s important to remember that transport-related stress and illness can put horses in a precarious—and even deadly—scenario. Researchers in Australia recently took a closer look at the health risks related to long-distance horse movement.

“Equine transportation is associated with a variety of serious health disorders causing economic and emotional loses,” said researcher Barbara Padalino, DVM, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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