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A note on the relationship between time spent in turnout and behaviour during turnout in horses ( Equus caballus )

By L. Chaya, E. Cowan, B. McGuire

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We examined if time spent in turnout influenced behaviour during turnout for horses maintained in stalls and given either 2 h/week (n=7) or 12 h/week (n=7) of turnout. Horses turned out for 2 h/week were more likely than those turned out for 12 h/week to trot, canter, and buck. Frequency of trotting and cantering was also higher and frequency of grazing lower in horses turned out for 2 h/week. These results have welfare implications and support previous studies showing that horses react to confinement with increased activity when not confined.

Date 2006
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 98
Issue 1/2
Pages 155-160
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Department of Biological Sciences, Clark Science Center, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063, USA. bam65@cornell.edu
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Grazing
  3. Horses
  4. Mammals
  5. pastures
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. stalls
  8. time
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