Australian working horse welfare

Karly Liffen, Hayley Randle, Michael Campbell, Natalie Waran

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In Australia horses are still used as working animals. Generally, they are used in situations where motor vehicle access is difficult or in livestock farming situations where the animals need to be kept in a low stress environment. A high proportion of Australia’s working horses are present in the cattle feedlot industry. There are currently no publications on Australian working horse welfare. The study focuses on assessing working horse welfare using the Five Domains Model framework examining 1. Nutrition, 2. Environment, 3. Health, 4. Behaviour and 5. Mental State. This abstract reports on initial findings relating to horse sample information provided by the rider and an initial assessment of horse health.


ConferenceUK Equine Student Conference 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe UK Equine Student Conference aims to showcase the best in UK based equine undergraduate and postgraduate research for those graduating or still studying in 2019 and 2020. The conference will run from 10:00h (UK TIME, BST, GMT+1h) until around 16:30h (UK TIME, BST, GMT+1h). There will be opportunities for attendees to interact via polls and questions.
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