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Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze
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  • Kůň
  • Ustájení
  • Welfare
  • Pohyb
  • Krmení
  • Horse
  • Stabling
  • Welfare
  • Moving
  • Feeding


Free ranging horses live in stable social groups, are fed forage almost all day long and have to travel long distances, in order to survive. Horses, kept in captivity, usually live in stalls, which hardly allow them to move, moreover are often isolated from other individuals of their kind. They are fed two times a day, while starving the rest of the day. After their having spent nearly the whole day in the stall, we expect sport performances from them, which they are not ready for at the moment. Moreover stall-kept horses often suffer from various kinds of colic, ulceration and respiratory illnesses, their hooves are weak and they may show stereotypies. In order to avoid these problems, we are carrying out a research concerning feral horses and trying to make the domestic horse keeping as much similar to feral horse life style as possible. This is the reason why we keep horses outside in a paddock in a herd and motivate them to move by feeding them a lot of small portions of forage. Horses which are kept in such conditions have always full stomach, which prevents the development of gastric ulcerations and hyperacidity of stomach, they are moving, which means they are always ready for the training and moreover the blood circulation is improved, and their mental welfare is maintaining with social interactions.

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