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.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|Author Address||Department of Biological Sciences, Clark Science Center, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org|
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