A Guiding Statement for Equine Welfare

Another Equine Guelph course has come to an end. For the final activity, we were encouraged to develop a Guiding Life Statement for Equine Welfare and a few goals to guide us as responsible members of the industry, with welfare as a priority. I thought this would be an appropriate place to share the statement and […]

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Feeding Strategies for the Modern Horse

In Food for Thought, I described the basic anatomy of the horse’s digestive system and the importance of grazing for digestive health. This is a bit of a longer post examining 3 different feeding scenarios and the pros and cons of each in relation to anatomical structure and function, and the evolutionary feeding strategy of the […]

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Barrier Frustration in the Stabled Horse

Stall kicking and pawing are two undesired behaviours observed in stabled horses. There is uncertainty as to whether they represent true stereotypic behaviours or may be more accurately classified as unwanted behaviours arising in response to barrier frustration, which occurs when the expression of normal, species-specific behaviours is hindered (McGreevy, 2012; Nakonechny, 2017; Pascoe & […]

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