Protection from the elements: a comparative study of hair density, shelter use and heat loss in donkeys, horses and mules

Proops, L., Osthaus, B. and Burden, F. (2016) Protection from the elements: a comparative study of hair density, shelter use and heat loss in donkeys, horses and mules. In: Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) inaugural meeting, 09 May 2016, Wellcome Trust, London.

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Abstract

It is widely believed that donkeys are less adapted to wet, temperate climates than horses, often requiring shelter in addition to natural protection and rugs. However, to date there has been no scientific study assessing the shelter needs of donkeys and current guidelines often consider all horses and donkeys as a homogenous group. Our project provides a comprehensive assessment of the requirements of donkeys for protection from the elements across the four seasons in the British Isles and directly compares these findings to those from horses and mules. Some preliminary results are presented below.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behavior
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Britta Osthaus
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 09:51
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 09:51
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14482

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Last edited: 29/06/2016 12:23:00