Behavior Theory and Stallion Management

by Emily Talbot

Stallions can be used in different disciplines and they may stand at stud either as retirement or alongside their “career.” Traditionally they are managed with little regard to their natural behaviour; they may be stabled and turned out in isolation or where their interaction with other equines is limited. (Burger et al., 2012). This has the benefit of preventing unwanted impregnation, injuries, and the transfer of diseases but the disadvantages of depriving the stallions of their natural breeding behaviours as well as social contact (Christensen et. al, 2002).

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