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Written by Anouk van Breukelen
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Effects of individual stabling in stallions

Domestic horses are traditionally kept in individual housing systems. Especially stallions are often deprived from social contact which may affect their social behaviour.

The results show that more aggressive behaviour was recorded in the previously single housed stallions. Group housed stallions made more use of subtle signals, for example submissive behaviour. Single housed stallions also showed in increased level of social grooming and play behaviour, which may relate to a build-up of motivation.

Expert opinion by Anouk van Breukelen

The data of this study gives insight into the effects of housing horses individually. In future research the effect on mares and geldings could be studied and the study can be carried on for a longer period of time.  

> From: Winther Christensen et al., Applied Animal Behaviour Science 75 (2002) 233-248. All rights reserved to Elsevier Science B.V.. Click here for the online summary.

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