Factors influencing the development of stereotypic and redirected behaviours in young horses: findings of a four year prospective epidemiological study.

  title={Factors influencing the development of stereotypic and redirected behaviours in young horses: findings of a four year prospective epidemiological study.},
  author={Anne J. Waters and Christine Janet Nicol and Nigel P. French},
  journal={Equine veterinary journal},
  volume={34 6},
Stereotypies are invariant and repetitive behaviour patterns that seemingly have no function, which tend to develop in captive animals faced with insoluble problems and may be indicative of reduced welfare. A 4 year prospective study of the factors influencing the development of stereotypic and redirected behaviours (abnormal behaviour) in a population of 225 young Thoroughbred and part-Thoroughbred horses was conducted between 1995 and 1999. Abnormal behaviour affected 34.7% of the population… 

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