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Equine Grazing & Nutrition

  The equine species have evolved to live on open grasslands. They are active for much of the time, wandering as they graze and engaging in locomotory activities. Evolutionary changes to the mouth, teeth and digestive system have resulted in modern horses, who are a...

Equine Fun & Play

  Play is a natural and necessary aspect of behavior for all species. In the equine world, foals and young horses need to play with horses of a similar age to develop social skills and a healthy mind. Play is a distinct system in the brain which facilitates the...

Social Relationships in the Domestic Horse

  Studies have shown that, in the wild, a horse will typically have one or two close friendships within a group, regardless of the size of the group (Feh, 1987). When we consider the many different domestic situations horses find themselves in today, however, many of...

Equid Social Structure

  Equidae have evolved into two groups of social organization. One group consists of Grevy’s zebra (E Grevyi) and wild asses (E africanus, E hemionus); the second consists of the horse (Equus ferus), the plains zebra (Equus quagga), and the mountain zebra (Equus...

Why is Equine Management So Important?

  All of a domestic horse’s basic needs are determined by our own management practices. These practices may range from horses being kept in a fully managed environment to horses being kept in an environment that is as natural as possible. While basic needs are...