Horse Behavior: Researchers Need a Welfare Ethogram
We’re moving toward a new era of equine welfare. And with it comes a new understanding of how to assess how well each horse is faring.
Specifically, a shift from focusing on negative welfare to positive welfare has pushed scientists and handlers alike to try to read horses’ emotions. But with a large range of views, methods, and interpretation of equine behavior, it’s time for a consensus, said one researcher.
“We want to know how horses feel, what their mental state is, and make sure that they’re living a good life,” said Natalie Waran, PhD, equitation science fellow and professor of One Welfare at Eastern Institute of Technology, in Napier, New
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