Health and Welfare of Stabled PMU Mares Under Various Watering Methods and Turnout Schedules: 2. Behavior
S. M. McDonnell, PhD; D. A. Freeman, DVM, PhD; N. F. Cymbaluk, DVM, MSc; Beth Kyle, MSc; H. C. Shott II, DVM, PhD; and K. W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, PhD
Tie-stalled pregnant mares exhibited similarly normal behavior whether they were watered continuously or by any of three interval watering methods and whether they were provided daily, weekly, or biweekly (every 2 weeks) paddock turnout exercise. All were free of classic stereotypies and other abnormal behavior, which is consistent with observations that tie-stalled horses exhibit lower than equine industry average rates of behavior problems.