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Management, health, and abnormal behaviors of horses: a survey in small equestrian centers in Brazil

By D. P. Leme, A. B. H. Parsekian, V. Kanaan, M. J. Hotzel

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Care conditions of horses housed in small equestrian establishments and the occurrence of health and behavioral problems were assessed in 197 animals. Based on questionnaires and direct observations of the animals, it was noted that 8% of all animals were fed exclusively on pasture, whereas 92% received commercial concentrate or grain with limited or no grass. Sixty percent of the horses spent 20-24 hours/day in the stalls, 30% spent 12 hours/day, and 10% were kept outdoors. Eighty five percent exercised regularly, whereas 15% did not exercise at all. Wounds (18%), colic (6%), and strangles (3%) were the most cited diseases in the interviews. Fifty-six percent of the horses showed behavioral problems; the frequency and type of abnormal behavior varied according to horse use ( P

Publication Title Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 114-118
ISBN/ISSN 1558-7878
Language English
Author Address LETA - Laboratorio de Etologia Aplicada e Bem-Estar Animal, Departamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Rod. Admar Gonzaga, 1346, Itacorubi, 88034-001, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina,
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal housing
  4. Animal nutrition
  5. Animals
  6. Bacteria
  7. Brazil
  8. Colic
  9. Developing countries
  10. Diseases and injuries of animals
  11. Education
  12. Exercise
  13. Extension
  14. Feeding
  15. Foraging
  16. Grasslands and rangelands
  17. Health
  18. Horses
  19. Infections
  20. interviews
  21. Latin America
  22. Mammals
  23. pastures
  24. pathogens
  25. peer-reviewed
  26. prokaryotes
  27. Questionnaires
  28. rangelands
  29. South America
  30. stalls
  31. Threshold Countries
  32. ungulates
  33. United States of America
  34. vertebrates
  35. Wounds and injuries
  1. peer-reviewed