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Special Issue "Horse Welfare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: animal behaviour, animal welfare, horse management, working conditions
In the last decades, animal welfare has become a primary societal concern, extending from livestock to companion animals. Horses, due to their multiple status of companion, leisure, sport and livestock animals, have to face major modifications of their environment and life conditions from their youngest age. These constraints may include, but are not restricted to, social, spatial, nutritional and physical restrictions, as well as the omnipresence of humans, which can impact the welfare state. There is evidence that horses’ welfare and perception of humans are closely linked, as the first can impair the second and vice versa. Thus promoting welfare-friendly practices and positive human–horse interactions cannot be disentangled when considering horse welfare.
We invite original research or review papers that address the improvement of all the potential components of horse welfare, including breeding and weaning conditions, management, working conditions, welfare evaluation, and the management of geriatric horses. Additional topics may include horse education, transportation and the effect of training on the improvement and evaluation of horse welfare. As the definition of welfare depends on constant states, cases of acute pain or sickness states will not be treated in this Special Issue.
Dr. Clémence Lesimple
Dr. Aleksandra Górecka-Bruzda
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- horse welfare
- human–horse relationship
- welfare assessment
- equine preferences and training
- working conditions