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Seasonal and interbreed variation in the thermoregulatory capacity of equine pelage

  • Z. Fuller (a1) (a2) and C. McG. Argo (a1)

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The adaptation of horses (Equus caballus) to diverse environments throughout their range (e.g. Iceland and Arabia) has given rise to numerous phenotypically distinct breeds, many of which are currently maintained within the UK for sporting or leisure purposes. The welfare (energy balance) of outwintered horses has been associated with the ability to minimise heat loss by the growth of deep insulative pelage (Cymbaluk, 1994). Identification of breeds acclimated to UK conditions but retaining pelage adaptations appropriate to their environment of origin may facilitate management.

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Cymbaluk, N. F. 1994. Thermoregulation of horses in cold winter weather. Livestock Production Science 40. 6571
Schmidt-Nielsen, K. 1997 Temperature. In Animal physiology - adaptation and environment. 5th edition. pp. 217297 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Seasonal and interbreed variation in the thermoregulatory capacity of equine pelage

  • Z. Fuller (a1) (a2) and C. McG. Argo (a1)

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