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Although horses are social animals they are often housed individually with limited social contact to other horses and this may compromise their welfare. The present study included eight young female horses and investigated the strength of motivation for access to full social contact, head contact...

Author(s)
Søndergaard, E.; Jensen, M. B.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 132, 3/4, pp 131-137
Abstract

Domestic horses are faced with social challenges throughout their lives due to limitations in social contact, space restrictions and frequent changes in social companionship. This is in contrast to natural conditions where horses live in relatively stable harem bands. Currently, little is known...

Author(s)
Christensen, J. W.; Søndergaard, E.; Thodberg, K.; Halekoh, U.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 133, 3/4, pp 199-206
Abstract

Many horse owners tend to group horses according to gender, in an attempt to reduce aggressive interactions and the risk of injuries. The aim of our experiment was to test the effects of such gender separation on injuries, social interactions and individual distance in domestic horses. A total of...

Author(s)
Jørgensen, G. H. M.; Borsheim, L.; Mejdell, C. M.; Søndergaard, E.; Bøe, K. E.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2009, 120, 1/2, pp 94-99
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Author(s)
Søndergaard, E.
Publisher
Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Tjele, Denmark
Citation
DIAS Report, Animal Husbandry, 2003, No.55, pp 54 pp.
Abstract

Forty Danish warmblood colts in two replicates were used to investigate the effect of housing and handling in the rearing period on the reactions to humans. The horses entered the experiment after weaning and were housed either individually (n=16) or in groups of three (n=24). Half of the horses...

Author(s)
Søndergaard, E.; Halekoh, U.
Publisher
Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2003, 84, 4, pp 265-280
Abstract

Domestic horses (Equus caballus) are typically kept in individual housing systems, in which they are deprived of physical contact. In order to study the effects of social restrictions on behaviour in young horses, nineteen 2-year-old stallions were housed either singly (n=7), or in groups of three...

Author(s)
Christensen, J. W.; Ladewig, J.; Søndergaard, E.; Malmkvist, J.
Publisher
Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2002, 75, 3, pp 233-248