We are excited to reveal an amazing new event – we have TWO world-leading experts!
This is a special event, and we have drafted in Dr Carissa Wickens (University of Florida) and Dr Camie Heleski (University of Kentucky).
Do horses have coping mechanisms? Stereotypic behaviours and how to manage them. Dr Carissa Wickens and Dr Camie Heleski
We will start earlier than normal at 7pm as we want to hear more from Carissa and Camie on all the latest research, findings and advice.
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Stereotypical behaviours (stereotypies) are repetitive behaviours with no obvious goal or function. They are rarely seen in animals in the wild and are most commonly displayed by domesticated animals and animals kept in captivity. They include:
- Box walking
- Wind sucking
- Head tossing
- Self mutilation
- Teeth grinding
The development of stereotypical behaviours has the potential to negatively impact the horse’s physical health, for example:
- An increased risk of colic (particularly with crib-biting and wind sucking)
- Overdevelopment of particular muscles
- Weight loss, as some would rather carry out their stereotypy than eat
- Wearing down their teeth (crib-biting)
- Increased strain on tendons and ligaments (weaving)
We’ll be discussing:
What is a stereotypic behaviour – are all behaviours really stereotypical?
What do we know about them, what does the science show us? A review of the latest research (some of it has only been released in the last few weeks)!
What can we do to manage stereotypic behaviour
And answering our questions and fears including:
Can we prevent them?
Are they hereditary?
Can they learn them from each other?
Should we use tools to stop or control the behaviours?
Are there any welfare or health concerns for a horse that has them?
Can horses still compete at an elite level with them?
And so much more!