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Author (up) Stachurska, A.; Janczarek, I.; Wilk, I.; Kedzierski, W. url  doi
  Title Does Music Influence Emotional State in Race Horses? Type Journal Article
  Year 2015 Publication Journal of Equine Veterinary Science Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 35 Issue 8 Pages 650-656  
  Keywords Cardiac activity; Emotional state; Music; Race horse  
  Abstract The aim of the study was to determine the effect of music featured in the barn, on the emotional state of race horses. Seventy 3-year-old Purebred Arabian horses in their first race season were divided into experimental group (EXP) of 40 horses and control group (CNT) of 30 horses and placed in separate barns. The EXP was subject to specifically composed music featured in the barn for 5 hours in the afternoon during the whole study. The emotional state in the horses was assessed at rest, saddling, and warm-up walk under rider. Measurements were taken six times, every 30 to 35 days, starting from the beginning of featuring the music. The horse's emotional state was assessed by cardiac activity variables. The music effect on the emotional state was also considered with regard to the horse's performance estimated by race records. The cardiac activity variables were compared with repeated measures design, whereas race records were analyzed with analysis of variance generalized linear model. The music positively affected the emotional state in race horses. The influence was noticeable already after the first month of featuring the music and increased in the second and third months. Despite the fact that later the variables began to return to initial levels, a positive effect of the music on prizes won by the horses in the EXP compared to the CNT was found (P < .05). The results suggest that the music may be featured in the barn, preferably for 2 to 3 months as a means of improving the welfare of race horses.  
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  ISSN 0737-0806 ISBN Medium  
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  Call Number Equine Behaviour @ team @ Serial 6632  
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