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We explore how herd composition and management factors correlate with frequencies of social interactions in horse groups. Since the welfare of horses correlates with low aggression levels and social contact opportunities, information of this kind is important. The data are a collection of records...

Author(s)
Sigurjónsdóttir, H.; Haraldsson, H.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 1, pp 14
Abstract

This paper presents guidelines on determining the basic needs of horses and factors to consider in assuring the health and welfare of domesticated as well as free range horses.

Author(s)
Hausberger, M.
Publisher
NÉVA Europarc, Créteil, France
Citation
Le Nouveau Praticien Vétérinaire - Équine, 2018, 12, 46, pp 21-24
Abstract

The role of leader in polygynous species has been solely attributed to the male for some time, but recent studies have shown decision making to be distributed within the group. However, the specific reproductive strategy and behavioural repertoire of males in polygynous species such as horses may...

Author(s)
Briard, L.; Deneubourg, J. L.; Petit, O.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Behavioural Processes, 2017, 142, pp 56-63
Abstract

Oxytocin is a hormone that may not only influence reproductive mechanisms in mammals but also their social behavior, including pair bonding. We therefore tested if the concentrations of oxytocin and other hormones reveal mate preferences of 13 mares in estrus. Each mare was first exposed to two...

Author(s)
Käser, R.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Thomas, S.; Sieme, H.; Wedekind, C.; Burger, D.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Theriogenology, 2016, 86, 9, pp 2222-2229
Abstract

Horses are social equids that form stable groups allowing them to develop long-lasting relationships. However, the great majority of breeders and riders still favour single housing where horses are confined and socially deprived. Stallions are usually the most socially isolated because of their...

Author(s)
Briard, L.; Petit, O.
Publisher
Institut Français du Cheval et de l'Équitation, Le Pin au Haras, France
Citation
40ème journée de la recherche équine. Actes de colloque, epidémiologie et pathologie, Paris, France, 18 March 2014, 2014, pp 137-140
Abstract

Horses are often kept in individual stables, rather than in outdoor groups, despite such housing system fulfilling many of their welfare needs, such as the access to social partners. Keeping domestic stallions in outdoor groups would mimic bachelor bands that are found in the wild. Unfortunately,...

Author(s)
Freymond, S. B.; Briefer, E. F.; Niederhäusern, R. von; Bachmann, I.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2013, 8, 1, pp e54688
Abstract

In many species, male social rank has been found to correlate with testosterone concentration ([T2]), with more dominant males having higher circulating [T2]. However, the influence of [T2] on social ranking has not been evaluated yet in feral horse herds. The purpose of this study was to compare...

Author(s)
Negretti, C.; Sherwood, D.; Hazzard, T.; Kutzler, M.
Publisher
The Society for Theriogenology, Montgomery, USA
Citation
Clinical Theriogenology, 2017, 9, 3, pp 447
Abstract

This article discusses the selection criteria and standards for choosing horses intended for leisure or horse riding and competitions. Focused of the paper is on selecting horses based on temperament standards and profiles set by The French Institute of horses and riding (HARAS).

Author(s)
Neveux, C.
Publisher
Les Haras Nationaux, Le Pin au Haras, France
Citation
Equ'Idée, 2012, No.80, pp 18-19
Abstract

A permanent herd of Icelandic horses with four stallions and their harems was studied for a total of 316 hours in a large pasture (215 ha) in May 2007 in Iceland. Interactions between stallions of different harems and other aspects of the horses' behaviour were studied. One stallion and nine horses ...

Author(s)
Sigurjonsdottir, H.; Thorhallsdottir, A. G.; Hafthorsdottir, H. M.; Granquist, S. M.
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation, New York, USA
Citation
International Journal of Zoology, 2012, 2012, pp Article ID 162982
Abstract

Earlier research indicates that stallions may supress interactions of their harem members, leading to less stable hierarchies and friendship bonds in harems compared to non-stallion groups. In this paper, the effect of the presense of a stallion on the social behaviour of mares was studied by...

Author(s)
Granquist, S. M.; Thorhallsdottir, A. G.; Sigurjonsd, H.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 141, 1/2, pp 49-56

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