Prevalence and risk factors for overweight horses at premises in Sweden assessed using official animal welfare control data
Peta L Hitchens, Jan Hultgren, Jenny Frossling, Ulf Emanuelson, Linda J Keeling
Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2016
BACKGROUND: There are Swedish animal welfare regulations concerning the body condition of horses and general advice on keeping horses including that horses should be fed so that they do not become over- or underweight relative to their use. Compliance is assessed by official animal welfare inspectors. The objective of this study was to determine whether the national animal welfare control database could be used to estimate the prevalence and risk factors for overweight horses in Sweden. The official animal welfare control checklist for horses contains 45 checkpoints (CP) of which CP-8 pertains to the acceptability of the horses' body condition including whether they were under- or overweight..View full abstract
The authors thank FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning for financial support, and the Swedish Board of Agriculture and county administrative boards for providing animal welfare control data. The project is part of the Centre of Excellence in Animal Welfare Science, a Swedish collaborative research platform.