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Give Them Shelter

Researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have conducted a study on the use of paddock shelters in the summertime. They sought to learn what type of shelters horses prefer and when and how often they use them. Eight Warmbloods were used in the study. When turned out individually, the horses were presented with three options: a shelter with a roof and three enclosed sides (shelter A); a shelter with a roof and only the upper half of the rear wall enclosed (shelter B); and a shelter with enclosed sides, but no roof (shelter C). Each horse was observed over a two-day period, kept individually for 24 hours in two paddocks with access to shelters A and B and shelters A and C, respectively. Shelter use was recorded continuously during the day and night, and insect defensive behaviours such as tail swishing and stomping were noted in five-minute intervals…

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