Characterizing stereotypies in horses
|Author||Sabrina BRIEFER FREYMOND|
|Director of thesis||Klaus Zueberbuehler, Redouan Bshary|
|Co-director of thesis|
|Summary of thesis||
For my PhD thesis, I am interested in characterizing
the crib-biting stereotypies in horses. These repetitive and relatively in-
variant patterns of behaviour, apparently functionless, occur when a situation
exceeds the natural regulatory capacity of the organism, and particularly in
situations that include unpredictability and uncontrollability (chronic stress).
I am investigating the stress physiology, the personality and learning
capacity of crib-biters horses, in order to understand if this behaviour is a
coping strategy and its effect on horse welfare.
|Administrative delay for the defence|