Horse welfare during summer: Shelter access reduces insect-avoidance behaviour in pastured horses in Denmark
Pasture access is key to equine quality of life and recommendations state that horses should be given daily access to pasture (see e.g. EU guide for keeping of horses, 2019). During summer, however, insects can cause periodic discomfort in pastured horses. We found that shelter access reduced insect-avoidance behaviour and conclude that shelter access may improve horse welfare during periods of high insect activity.
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