Physiological, behavioral, and serological responses of horses to shaded or unshaded pens in a hot, sunny environment.

@article{Holcomb2013PhysiologicalBA,
  title={Physiological, behavioral, and serological responses of horses to shaded or unshaded pens in a hot, sunny environment.},
  author={Kathryn E Holcomb and Cassandra B Tucker and Carolyn L. Stull},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2013},
  volume={91 12},
  pages={5926-36}
}
Housing recommendations for horses invariably include providing access to shade on hot, sunny days, but the potential benefits have not been scientifically studied. This experiment measured physiological, behavioral, and serological responses of horses confined individually to completely shaded (SH) or completely unshaded (SUN) drylot pens during the summer in Davis, CA. Twelve healthy adult horses in a crossover design experienced both treatments for 5 d each. Rectal temperature, respiration… CONTINUE READING

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