Dissertation- sterotypic behvaiours and time budgets - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 10 Old 12-05-2019, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Dissertation- sterotypic behvaiours and time budgets

Hi everyone,

I'm currently in my final year of uni studying equine science.

As part of my dissertation I am looking into stereotypies and time budgets of horses, and it would be a great help if you could click the link below and complete the questionnaire. It should take no more than 5 minutes.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...rm?usp=sf_link

Many thanks, Jade
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-05-2019, 10:19 AM
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Hi Jade, I would just like to point out that for the question addressing methods to prevent boredom, there is no option for "none" and it will not let me submit without choosing something. Can you fix this? Thanks!
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-05-2019, 11:01 AM
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Agreed. It won't let me complete it without selecting one, which would not be accurate. There also needs to be an option for 24-hour daily turnout.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-05-2019, 12:08 PM
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Agree with previous two posters. Did not finish survey because of this. A lot of us don't have to prevent boredom because our horses putter around in a field with their buds 24hrs a day.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-05-2019, 12:15 PM
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Ok, I started to take the survey because I have an interesting case of self-mutilating. (It is rare, but also considered by most a stereotypical behavior. Some research considers it to be more like schizophrenia in humans.) It is the only stereotypical behavior of any of the horses here. I do a lot to manage this behavior, and did see an improvement. Anyways, I didn't complete the questionnaire because without that included I have no relevant behaviors.

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-06-2019, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Iíve amended it now😊
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-06-2019, 12:31 PM
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I filled in the survey which seems very brief.

In all my years of working with horses full time, I have only ever had one yearling (TB) start to crib and he was turned out with his peers 24/7 at the time of him starting. This habit went from 0 - 10'in 24 hours.

I have had several horses come to me that had vices, mainly box walking, weaving and cribbing. I found all decreased greatly, some to the point of stopping with their environment. This was a big open barn, all stables had 3'6" walls with vertical bars above, they could see all that was going on. The barn was light and airy.

The young horses were housed in a loose pen on that barn, they had plenty of room to move around and play. They loved it as when it was pouting with rain they would, when the door was opened for them to go out in the fields, walk out, turn and come back inside.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 12:45 AM
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@Foxhunter I like that you mentioned big open stables being a great environment for vice improvement, only second to large pastures. I read an article written by a person who professionally designs stables, and he mentioned something about stall walls and doors needing to be tall and solid, and that he disapproved of Dutch doors because horses "needed their privacy" and that keeping part of their door open would make them "very uncomfortable and disrupt their sleep." I was baffled, I couldn't disagree more. Nice to see I'm not the only one.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 03:45 AM
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@Foxhunter I like that you mentioned big open stables being a great environment for vice improvement, only second to large pastures. I read an article written by a person who professionally designs stables, and he mentioned something about stall walls and doors needing to be tall and solid, and that he disapproved of Dutch doors because horses "needed their privacy" and that keeping part of their door open would make them "very uncomfortable and disrupt their sleep." I was baffled, I couldn't disagree more. Nice to see I'm not the only one.
Oh how I would like to meet him!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 04:26 AM
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^^And I'd love to be a fly on the wall if you did! I'd have to be a fly or something, cos otherwise something tells me I wouldn't be able to stop laughing!
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