Horse Feeding Behavior

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Horses devote more time to eating than to any other behavioral activity. Behavior has direct effects on consumption patterns and the selection of feeds. Probably no other single factor is as important to the well-being and productivity of the horse as the feed and forage it consumes. Horses, like humans, need food and water to survive.

Ingestive Behavior

The time a horse spends consuming feed is controlled by a number of factors. Grazing time …

Abnormal Horse Behavior

Clint Depew, Extension Horse Specialist, Louisiana State University

Animal behavior experts often refer to vices (bad habits) as stereotypies because they are often rooted in the behavioral nature of the animal. Understanding that vices are behaviorally based may assist in preventing and/or treating these problems. Common vices are described below.

Wood chewing This occurs with both stabled and pastured horses and research suggests that this can be due to a lack of fiber in the diet, or due to boredom.