None the less, far as horses ;adapting, with lot periods of being stalled, as in everything, reasearch moves on, and I just attended a very good lecture this weekend, by Dr Sid Gustavson, among many other presentations over the weekend.
He is a vet that speciALizes in equine behavior, and teaches ethical veterinary care , and ethical care of horses ,at Vet Universities
I heard him speak before, and he is excellent.
He states that horses have great ability to adapt, but we must not exceed their ability to do so.
Horses depend on the ability to move almost constantly, for their mental, gut and hoof health.
Interdependence exists between horse health and locomotion. Deprivations of abundant daily locomotion are the most common underlying cause of infirmity and fragility in competition horses. Metabolic, pulmonary, circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal and behavioral are all dependant on abundant daily locomotion
Sure, horses get to like their stalls, as they are creatures of habit. Does not mean stalling a horse is in his best interest, esp done for extended periods
Even those PMU mares t, that stood on line, in the barn, wearing urine collection harness, and by law , had to be turned out once a week, would be standing at the gate, waiting to go back in. Sid Gustafson Equine Behavior instructor - Expert with University of Guelph | ExpertFile
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Ethical Veterinary Care of the Competition Horse
Ethical veterinary care supports the horse's best welfare interests, as well as the safety of horse and rider. Horses evolved as social grazers of the plains, moving and grazing in a mutually connected and communicative fashion on a near-constant basis. Contemporary equine health and prosperity remains dependent on providing an acceptable degree of this continual movement, foraging, and socialization that sustain equine health and soundness of wind and limb. When horses are confined and stabled to fulfill convenience and performance interests, the horse's natural preferences need be re-created to a suitable degree to avoid exceeding the physical and behavioural adaptability of the competition horse.
Sid Gustafson is the equine behaviour educator at the University of Guelph. In addition to teaching, he practices veterinary medicine in Bozeman, Montana.
Dr. Gustafson graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree to specialize in equine sports medicine. His subsequent concern for the mental and physical health challenges that stabling and confinement created for horses led him to the study and practice of equine behaviour. He writes for the New York Times, represents the health and welfare of racehorses across America, and is the author of Horses They Rode, High Plains Novel of the Year in 2007. His most recent non-fiction is Horse Behaviour, Alberta Horse Industry - Dr. Sid Gustafson (Montana)