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Development of a Safety Management Web Tool for Horse Stables

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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Latokartanonkaari 9, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), 23053 Alnarp, Sweden
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University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, USA
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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Opistontie 10 a 1, 32100 Ypäjä, Finland
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Academic Editor: Kirrilly Thompson
Animals 2015, 5(4), 1136-1146; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani5040402
Received: 17 August 2015 / Revised: 28 October 2015 / Accepted: 4 November 2015 / Published: 12 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Horses and Risk)
A new web tool for equine activities, InnoHorse, was developed to support horse stable managers in business, safety, pasture and manure management. The aim of the safety section of the web tool was to raise awareness of safety issues in daily horse stable activities. This section contains a safety checklist, stable safety map and good practices to support human health and horse welfare and to prevent injuries in horse-related activities. Reviews of the literature and statistics, empirical horse stable case studies, expert panel workshops and stakeholder interviews were utilized in designing the web tool.
Managing a horse stable involves risks, which can have serious consequences for the stable, employees, clients, visitors and horses. Existing industrial or farm production risk management tools are not directly applicable to horse stables and they need to be adapted for use by managers of different types of stables. As a part of the InnoEquine project, an innovative web tool, InnoHorse, was developed to support horse stable managers in business, safety, pasture and manure management. A literature review, empirical horse stable case studies, expert panel workshops and stakeholder interviews were carried out to support the design. The InnoHorse web tool includes a safety section containing a horse stable safety map, stable safety checklists, and examples of good practices in stable safety, horse handling and rescue planning. This new horse stable safety management tool can also help in organizing work processes in horse stables in general. View Full-Text
Keywords: horse stable; safety; management; web tool horse stable; safety; management; web tool
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Leppälä, J.; Kolstrup, C.L.; Pinzke, S.; Rautiainen, R.; Saastamoinen, M.; Särkijärvi, S. Development of a Safety Management Web Tool for Horse Stables. Animals 2015, 5, 1136-1146. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani5040402

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Leppälä J, Kolstrup CL, Pinzke S, Rautiainen R, Saastamoinen M, Särkijärvi S. Development of a Safety Management Web Tool for Horse Stables. Animals. 2015; 5(4):1136-1146. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani5040402

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Leppälä, Jarkko; Kolstrup, Christina L.; Pinzke, Stefan; Rautiainen, Risto; Saastamoinen, Markku; Särkijärvi, Susanna. 2015. "Development of a Safety Management Web Tool for Horse Stables" Animals 5, no. 4: 1136-1146. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani5040402

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