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Equine Welfare in Clinical Practice

  • 1st Edition - September 1, 2024
  • Editor: Virginia Wensley Koch
  • Language: English
  • Paperback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 3 2 3 - 9 9 5 0 8 - 5
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 3 2 3 - 9 9 5 0 9 - 2

Equine Welfare in Clinical Practice reviews the current psychological, behavioral, and welfare knowledge equine veterinarians should have and discusses how such knowledge may be… Read more

Equine Welfare in Clinical Practice

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Equine Welfare in Clinical Practice reviews the current psychological, behavioral, and welfare knowledge equine veterinarians should have and discusses how such knowledge may be incorporated into clinical practices. It covers such topics as practical welfare assessment, fear-free practices, how horses learn (both good and bad habits), how to differentiate medical from behavioral problems, and how diet affects behavior, including the new field of gut microbiome effects on behavior. Written by international experts, the book explores the physical, psychological, and behavioral factors contributing to equine welfare, while also discussing current knowledge about topics such as equine senses, cognition, and stereotypies, as well as enrichment and appropriate and inappropriate training methods for both adult horses and foals. It also includes a discussion on ethical decision-making and a chapter on additional helpful resources.

This is an important resource for clinical veterinarians who want to incorporate knowledge of equine behavior and welfare into their practices. Veterinarians who understand and can educate their clients in equine welfare and safe and appropriate care and handling techniques will increase their business success, improve the lives of their clients and patients, and strengthen the human-animal bond. The book provides updated information and useful practical tips for all horse handlers, so even those who are already familiar with equine psychology, behavior, and welfare can benefit.