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Stereotypa beteenden hos häst: Går de att eliminera?
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Stereotypic behaviour in horses - is it possible to eliminate them?

The purpose behind the study was to find out whether or not it was possible to prevent a horse from acting out a stereotypic behaviour, and if so, what measures would be best. Furthermore, the aim was to find out how common this behaviour was among horses in Swedish riding schools, if it can be passed on from one horse to the other and if one could see any common links between the horses that showed stereotypic behaviour in relation to their surroundings. The study was performed through a survey and interviews. The results showed that horses can be prevented from performing a stereotypic behaviour; however, there were a lot of questionable methods that were given as solutions. From the horses' viewpoint, there was only one acceptable method. It was to keep them outside all the time, in a large hilly field with access to other horses and free access to hay. Furthermore, the results showed that 3,6 % of the horses in the riding schools showed stereotypic behaviour. It was unfortunately not possible to draw any conclusions on how they were affected from their surroundings. Interestingly enough, the four stables that offered the least amount of outside hours were also the ones that had the highest frequency of horses with stereotypic behaviour. Further research is needed, especially on how the composition of feed and choice of weaning methods affects the horse in comparison to developing a stereotypic behaviour in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Stereotypic behaviour, behaviour in horses
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38293OAI: diva2:374235
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2010-12-03 Created: 2010-12-03 Last updated: 2012-11-28Bibliographically approved

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