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2012Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/22493
Influence of an active stable system on the behavior and body condition of Icelandic horses
dc.contributor.authorHoffmann, Gundula
dc.contributor.authorBentke, A.
dc.contributor.authorRose-Meierhöfer, Sandra
dc.contributor.authorBerg, Werner
dc.contributor.authorMazetti, P.
dc.contributor.authorHardarson, Grétar Hrafn
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-17T12:38:21Z
dc.date.available2021-02-17T12:38:21Z
dc.date.issued2012none
dc.identifier.other10.1017/S1751731112000699
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/23106
dc.description.abstractHorses are often stabled in individual boxes, a method that does not meet their natural needs and may cause psychical and musculoskeletal diseases. This problem is particularly evident in Iceland, where horses often spend the long winter periods in cramped boxes. The aim of this study was to analyze the suitability of a group housing system in Iceland, but the results are also applicable to horses of other regions. Eight Icelandic horses were observed in an active stable system, and their behavior and time budget were recorded. Movement and lying behavior were studied with ALT (Activity, Lying, Temperature detection) pedometers. The effect of an automatic concentrate feeding station (CFS) on the horses’ behavior was examined. In the first period of investigation, the horses were fed concentrates manually, and in the second period, they were fed with the CFS. Additional behavioral observations and a determination of social hierarchy occurred directly or by video surveillance. The physical condition of the horses was recorded by body weight (BW) measurement and body condition scoring (BCS). The results showed a significant increase between the first and second trial periods in both the activity (P < 0.001) and the lying time (P = 0.003) of the horses with use of the CFS. However, there was no significant change in BW during the first period without the CFS (P = 0.884) or during the second period with the CFS (P = 0.540). The BCS of the horses was constant at a very good level during both trial periods, and the horses showed a low level of aggression, a firm social hierarchy and behavioral synchronization. This study concludes that group housing according to the active stable principle is a welfare-friendly option for keeping horses and is a suitable alternative to conventional individual boxes.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectactivityeng
dc.subjectautomatic feeding systemeng
dc.subjectbehavioreng
dc.subjectbody condition scoreeng
dc.subjectIcelandic horseeng
dc.subject.ddc590 Tiere (Zoologie)none
dc.subject.ddc630 Landwirtschaft und verwandte Bereichenone
dc.titleInfluence of an active stable system on the behavior and body condition of Icelandic horsesnone
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/23106-7
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/22493
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
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local.edoc.pages10none
local.edoc.anmerkungThis publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.none
local.edoc.type-nameZeitschriftenartikel
local.edoc.institutionLebenswissenschaftliche Fakultätnone
local.edoc.container-typeperiodical
local.edoc.container-type-nameZeitschrift
local.edoc.container-publisher-nameCambridge University Pressnone
local.edoc.container-publisher-placeCambridgenone
local.edoc.container-volume6none
local.edoc.container-issue10none
local.edoc.container-firstpage1684none
local.edoc.container-lastpage1693none
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewednone
dc.identifier.eissn1751-732X

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