Being attuned to horse behavior the key to better welfare, scientist says

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Understanding horse behavior is an important, but often missing, component of improving equine welfare.

In the latest episode of Morris Animal Foundation’s Fresh Scoop podcast, Dr Kelly Diehl, the Foundation’s Senior Director of Science and Communication, interviews Dr Kris Hiney about how misinterpretation of equine behaviors can have a significant impact on health and welfare.

Hiney is an associate professor and equine extension specialist at Oklahoma State University.

She is the author of a new study focused on teaching horse owners, veterinarians and caregivers how to recognize subtle clues to understand a horse’s affective state. Hiney will also talk about what she hopes to accomplish long-term to improve horse welfare.

Fresh Scoop is Morris Animal Foundation’s monthly veterinary science podcast designed to appeal to practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students, as well as animal-loving science geeks. Episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Stitcher, as well as the Foundation’s podcast page.

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