Presentation Title

Impact of temperature and precipitation on Arabian foal development

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Cord Brundage

Start Date

18-11-2017 12:30 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 1:30 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 71

Session

Poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

Environmental stressors including extremes in temperature and weather patterns can have a significant impact on domestic animal development. We compared the development of Arabian foals born during a mild, relatively dry year (2012) with those of a warmer wet year (2017) in an attempt to quantify the impact these weather changes had on Arabian horse development. The study was conducted with the Arabian horse herd and breeding program at Cal Poly Pomona which has been maintained since 1925. Animal weight and height was measured at one week and two months of age for foals born in 2012 (n = 9) and 2017 (n =14). Average daily temperature throughout gestation and the two months development period were compared with the gestation length and growth rate of both Arabian foal cohorts. There was neither a biological or statistically significant difference in the gestation length or two-month-growth rate of either foal group. There was also no strong correlation between precipitation, or temperature and foal development. This data suggests that although the Cal Poly Pomona Arabian horses may have experienced some significant changes in weather patterns between 2012 and 2017, those changes were not significant enough to alter gestation or foal development.

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Impact of temperature and precipitation on Arabian foal development

BSC-Ursa Minor 71

Environmental stressors including extremes in temperature and weather patterns can have a significant impact on domestic animal development. We compared the development of Arabian foals born during a mild, relatively dry year (2012) with those of a warmer wet year (2017) in an attempt to quantify the impact these weather changes had on Arabian horse development. The study was conducted with the Arabian horse herd and breeding program at Cal Poly Pomona which has been maintained since 1925. Animal weight and height was measured at one week and two months of age for foals born in 2012 (n = 9) and 2017 (n =14). Average daily temperature throughout gestation and the two months development period were compared with the gestation length and growth rate of both Arabian foal cohorts. There was neither a biological or statistically significant difference in the gestation length or two-month-growth rate of either foal group. There was also no strong correlation between precipitation, or temperature and foal development. This data suggests that although the Cal Poly Pomona Arabian horses may have experienced some significant changes in weather patterns between 2012 and 2017, those changes were not significant enough to alter gestation or foal development.