Sexual dimorphism in Hucul horses using discriminant analysis
Halina Purzyc-Orwaszer , F. Kobryczuk , J. Bojarski
AbstractThe purpose of this study has been to evaluate the applicability of discriminant function analysis to determine gender dimorphism in Hucul horses, based on morphological indices obtained in different stages of life. A total of 243 horses, divided into six age groups, have been examined in its course. For each horse we have measured 12 metric traits, which were then used to calculate 13 biometric indices commonly used in horse breeding in Poland. These have become the basis for defining functions classifying the animals by gender in each of the six age groups. This study answers the question of what parameters play the greatest role in the course of shaping of body proportions of male and female horses in post-foetal development. The following indices have been found to significantly contribute in discriminant models: boniness, smaller trunk length, height at the croup, pelvis width and width of chest.
|Journal series||Animal, ISSN 1751-7311, e-ISSN 1751-732X, (A 35 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||conformation; horse; indices; linear measurements; sexual dimorphism|
|Publication indicators||= 12; : 2011 = 1.102; : 2011 = 1.744 (2) - 2011=1.793 (5)|
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