Abnormal Behaviors

A horse behavior that is a response to confinement is weaving. The horse walks in place, usually at the door of his stall. The horse is not just rocking from side to side, but is actually walking in place. Weaving is apparently a ritualized escape attempt. The horse is trying to escape from his stall and join other horses. We know this because a view of other horses or a mirror decreases weaving.[2] A related behavior is stall walking, in which the horse circles his stall again and again. This behavior is more common in endurance horses than in dressage or jumping horses.

A behavior unique to horses is cribbing. Cribbing involves grasping a horizontal surface with the teeth, arching the neck and swallowing air with an audible grunt. The behavior begins when the foal is weaned, particularly if the foal has been weaned into a stall and fed concentrates. Foals left on pasture when their mothers are removed are less likely to begin to crib. Cribbing occurs mostly in the period just after grain is consumed, apparently in response to some component of a grain and molasses mixture (sweet feed), and can occupy 10 to 60%

of the horse's day. The behavior is displayed by 5% of horses, especially certain breeds and during certain activities. Thoroughbreds are the breed most likely to crib. Risk factors are being used as a dressage horse, as a three-day event performer, as a jumper, or as a race horse. The behavior is not learned by observing other horses, but there is a familial factor relatives of cribbers are more likely to crib. Various methods are used to eliminate cribbing, but a collar that prevents the horse from arching his neck to crib is the most effective. Surgical treatment is not very effective, and muzzles seem more frustrating than the collars. Nothing needs be done to prevent the horse from cribbing unless he experiences gas colic as a result. The behavior may help the horse cope with its unnatural environment or may even add buffering substances to his stomach and intestines by adding some saliva with every cribbing bite. Provision of a chest-high cribbing bar prevents damage to fences or stall furnishings. Horses pull very hard when they flex their necks; they can move 100 kg with each cribbing motion.

Baby Sleeping

Baby Sleeping

Everything You Need To Know About Baby Sleeping. Your baby is going to be sleeping a lot. During the first few months, your baby will sleep for most of theday. You may not get any real interaction, or reactions other than sleep and crying.

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