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Occurrence of Wounds in Nigerian Horses

Agina, Onyinyechukwu A.; Ihedioha, John I.

Journal of applied animal welfare science. Volume 20:Issue 4 (2017); pp 372-380 -- Routledge

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  • Title:
    Occurrence of Wounds in Nigerian Horses
  • Author: Agina, Onyinyechukwu A.;
    Ihedioha, John I.
  • Found In: Journal of applied animal welfare science. Volume 20:Issue 4 (2017); pp 372-380
  • Journal Title: Journal of applied animal welfare science
  • Subjects: Animal welfare--Periodicals; Laboratory animals--Periodicals; Wounds--Nigerian horses--occurrence--Obollo Afor; Dewey: 636.0832
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT:

    This study investigated the occurrence of wounds in Nigerian horses. The study population was 1, 621 horses sold at the Obollo Afor horse lairage in Enugu State, Nigeria, during a 6-month period: 3 months of dry season and 3 months of rainy season (February–April and June–August 2012). A total of 207 horses were systematically sampled and subjected to a comprehensive physical examination. Those with wounds were marked, recorded, and clinically examined. Of the 207 horses sampled, 21 (10.1%) had wounds. The body distribution of the wounds was 9.5% head, 9.5% forelimbs, 19.1% hind limbs, 4.8% tail, 14.3% flank, 9.5% loin, 19.1% hip, 9.5% barrel, and 4.8% croup. The occurrence of the wounds was not significantly associated with sex or season, but the occurrence in adults was significantly ( p < .05) higher than that in the young and aged horses. It was concluded that the occurrence of wounds is relatively high (10.1%), and mainly the hind limbs, hip, and flank of adult horses are affected. It was recommended that horse guardians and handlers should be properly educated on the care of horses.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100049541816.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1088-8705; 10.1080/10888705.2017.1343149
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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