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Investigating horse-human interactions: the effect of a nervous human.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19394879     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The heart rates (HR) of horses and the people leading them (10 horses, 20 people), and riding them (17 horses, 17 people), were recorded in an indoor arena. The horses were Swedish leisure horses of mixed ages, sex and breed. All except two of the people were female and all were of mixed age and riding experience. Each horse-human pair walked or rode between points A and B (30m) four times on each test occasion. However, just before the fourth pass, participants were told that an umbrella would be opened as they rode, or led, the horse past the assistant. The umbrella was not opened, so this pass was no different to the previous control occasions, but nevertheless there was an increase in HR for both the person (leading, P=0.06; riding, P<0.05) and the horse (being led, P<0.05; being ridden, P<0.05). The findings indicate that analysis of HR recorded simultaneously from people and horses under different experimental handling or riding conditions presents a useful tool to investigate horse-human interactions.
Linda J Keeling; Liv Jonare; Lovisa Lanneborn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-04-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997)     Volume:  181     ISSN:  1090-0233     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. J.     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-11     Completed Date:  2009-06-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706281     Medline TA:  Vet J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  70-1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal*
Handling (Psychology)*
Heart Rate
Horses / physiology,  psychology*
Humans / physiology,  psychology*

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