Content tagged with "Dr. Katrina Merkies"

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Guelph Study Examines Equine Welfare in Canada

What would you list as a threat to the welfare of horses in Canada? What actions could we take to fix this? Questions like these may not always be the first thing on the mind of most horse lovers, but…

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Do You Speak Horse?

Dr. Katrina Merkies and graduate student Haley Belliveau, from the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph, are conducting a research study titled “Human Distinction Between Positive and Negative Horse Vocalizations” (REB17-04-019). The purpose of this survey-based study is…

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How Does Equine Assisted Therapy Affect Horses?

Do horses respond differently to people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Professor Katrina Merkies, Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph plans to find out. She has received a $10,000 innovation research grant from the Horses and Humans Research Foundation, which supports research…

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Whip Use in quarter Horse Racing

Whip use in horse racing is a very controversial issue; their use has increasingly become an animal welfare concern. Whip use, which is widely believed to cause a horse to run faster, is a form of positive punishment which may…

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