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Equine Welfare



Equine Welfare

C. Wayne McIlwraith (Editor), Bernard E. Rollin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39781-9 February 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 488 Pages

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A rational exploration of the ethical and welfare issues in all areas of equine use. This book addresses controversial and emotive issues surrounding these iconic creatures, providing a reliable source of information to support informed debate. It will enable all those with an interest in horses and the uses they are put to gain an awareness of the problems and abuses that occur. The book draws on the expertise of a range of acknowledged leaders in equine health and welfare. The first part of the book explores general issues of the horse’s needs and nature. The second part contains chapters each covering a specific human use of horses and the abuses that arise as a result.

This book is part of the UFAW/Wiley-Blackwell Animal Welfare Book Series. This major series of books produced in collaboration between UFAW (The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare), and Wiley-Blackwell provides an authoritative source of information on worldwide developments, current thinking and best practice in the field of animal welfare science and technology. For details of all of the titles in the series see




Part I Respecting the Horse's Needs and Nature.

1 Equine Welfare and Ethics (Bernard Rollin).

2 A Historical Survey of Human–Equine Interactions (David W. Ramey).

3 Equine Health and Disease – General Welfare Aspects (D. Paul Lunn and C. Wayne McIlwraith).

4 Nutritional Management of the Horse (Joe D. Pagan).

5 Equine Psychological Needs and Quality of Life (M. Kiley-Worthington).

6 Spirit and Wellness in the Horse (Andrew F. Fraser).

7 Pain and its Management in Horses (Laurie Goodrich and Khursheed Mama).

8 Euthanasia as an Equine Welfare Tool (Jay G. Merriam).

9 Equine Welfare and Integrative Veterinary Medicine (Kevin K. Haussler).

10 Alternative Medicine and Equine Welfare – Challenging the Science (David W. Ramey).

Part II Human Uses and Abuses – Welfare Issues.

11 Welfare Issues in Horse Racing (Rick M. Arthur).

12 Abusive Treatment and Subsequent Policy Development within Various Breeds of Show Horses in the USA (Jim Heird).

13 The Horse as a Companion Animal (Nancy S. Loving).

14 Welfare Issues in the Rodeo Horse (Doug Corey).

15 Welfare Concerns in the Training and Competition of the Cutting, Reining, and Reined Cow Horse (Jerry B. Black and David Frisbie).

16 PMU Ranching and Equine Welfare (Nat T. Messer).

17 Welfare in the Discipline of Dressage (Midge Leitch).

18 Raising Welfare Standards for Endurance Riding (Nancy S. Loving).

19 Welfare Concerns in the Care, Training, and Competition of the Hunter–Jumper (Richard D. Mitchell).

20 Welfare of Horses, Mules, and Other Equines in US Agriculture (Josie L. Traub-Dargatz).

21 Welfare Issues with the Carriage Horse (Jay Baldwin).

22 The Horse and its Use in Research (C. Wayne McIlwraith).

23 The Unwanted Horse – a Major Welfare Issue (Tom R. Lenz).

24 The Welfare of Wild Horses in the Western USA (Albert J. Kane).

25 Welfare Issues in the Event Horse (Kent Allen).


"The book is written in an easy to comprehend style and the chapters are concise. It does a good job of capturing readers' attention and provides pertinent information. Few books are specific to equine welfare; I would recommend this one for the library of anyone involved in the field of equine medicine or equine/animal welfare." (Doody's, 7 October 2011)

"The chapters presented in the book are primarily based on author experience, with a mixture of the informative and the provocative...[giving] useful insight into veterinarians’ perspectives of the welfare of horses in the USA...Although Equine welfare and ethics generally takes the view of USA veterinarians, it has much that is relevant to similar countries, including Australia." (Australian Veterinary Journal 27/04/2017)