Behavior of stabled horses provided continuous or intermittent
access to drinking water
Sue M. McDonnell, PhD; Douglas A. Freeman, DVM, PhD; Nadia F.
Cymbaluk, DVM, MSc; Harold C. Schott II, DVM, PhD; Kenneth Hinchcliff, BVSc, PhD; Beth Kyle,
Objective-To compare quantitative
measures and clinical assessments of behavior
as an indication of psychologic well-being of
stabled horses provided drinking water
continuously or via 1 of 3 intermittent delivery systems.
Animals-22 Quarter Horse (QH) or QH-crossbred mares and 17 Belgian or Belgian-crossbred mares
(study 1) and 24 QH or QH-crossbred mares and 18 Belgian or Belgian-crossbred mares (study 2).
horses were provided water continuously or
via 1 of 3 intermittent water delivery systems
in 2 study periods during a 2-year period. Continuous
24-hour videotaped samples were used to
compare quantitative measures and clinical assessments of
behavior among groups provided water by the
various water delivery systems.
horses had clinically normal behavior. Significant
differences in well being were not detected among
groups provided water by the various delivery systems.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance-Various
continuous and intermittent water delivery
systems can provide adequately for the
psychologic well-being of stabled horses. (Am
J Vet Res 1999;60:1451-1456)