Horse & Hound

Help to recognise equine discomfort

A NEW ethogram based on decades of observations of thousands of horses has been developed in the hope of creating a more “universal” understanding of discomfort behaviours.

The Equine Discomfort Ethogram by Catherine Torcivia and Sue McDonnell of the University, includes 73 behaviours shown by horses, with illustrations and video. It was created from 35 years of research at the university’s equine hospital with 24-hour video recordings of stabled horses, both well and with health issues, when a caretaker was and was not present.

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