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Group housing provides horses with social contact, a lack of which is associated with health and behavior problems. Despite the benefits of group housing for horses, horse owners are concerned about aggression and resulting injuries. This study focused on agonistic and affiliative interactions in a ...

Author(s)
Pierard, M.; McGreevy, P.; Geers, R.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2019, 29, pp 61-69
Abstract

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
AbstractFull Text

The aim of this study was to assess whether horses are aware of and affected by emotional states of their stable-mates. Four mare-foal pairs and one gelding were subjected to two types of treatment: (I) - a stress caused by separation of the foal and the dam, or (II) - observing the reactions to...

Author(s)
Żelazna, R.; Jezierski, T.
Publisher
Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Jastrzebiec, Poland
Citation
Animal Science Papers and Reports, 2018, 36, 3, pp 333-338
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

Horses living in social groups have to make collective decisions to maintain the group cohesiveness, which requires for the group members to move together. We are talking of 'leadership' when a particular horse takes the decision to move and is successfully followed by its group mates. It has been...

Author(s)
Valenchon, M.; Amadouche, M.; Petit, O.
Publisher
Institut Français du Cheval et de l'Équitation, Le Pin au Haras, France
Citation
42ème journée de la recherche équine. Actes de colloques, jeudi 17 mars 2016, Paris, France, 2016, pp 125-128
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

Box housing remains predominant in horse industry despite of the spatial and social restrictions it causes to the horse, leading to the emergence of abnormal behaviours such as stereotypies, which can arise very soon after the first box housing. In the present study, we have investigated the impact ...

Author(s)
Benhajali, H.; Lunel, C.; Kalloufi, A.; Gautier, E.; Ezzaouia, M.; Bensaid, S.; Hausberger, M.
Publisher
Institut Francais du Cheval et de l'équitation, Le Pin au Haras, France
Citation
Équi-meeting Infrastructures, Horas national du Lion d'Angers, France, 6-7 October 2014. Proceedings, 2014, pp 3-7
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

In polygynous species with high reproductive skew in males, mothers often show differential investment between sons and daughters. Although consistent sex differential investment has not been found by previous studies in horses, maternal investment beyond weaning has often been overlooked. We...

Author(s)
Stanley, C. R.; Shultz, S.
Publisher
Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands
Citation
Behaviour, 2012, 149, 3/4, pp 251-274

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