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Equine behavior: behavior test, novel object test with ball (part 2), Sundance, mustang yearling gelding

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Test conducted by Alli Sommerkorn at the George H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University as part of the Young Horse Teaching & Research Program of the Equine Science Center, Rutgers University. One of a series of tests comparing behavior responses of mustangs fed a high starch diet versus behavior responses of mustangs fed a low starch diet. In this novel object test, the horses are allowed to investigate a medicine ball for 3 minutes. In this second test, four mustangs have been on a high starch diet (total mixed ration cubes and 10% corn) and four have been on a low starch diet (only total mixed ration cubes) for about a week. The subject was RU Sundance Kid. Duration of test: 3 min. Overall Average score on a scale of 1-5 (5 is highest compliance): 4.25. Sundance sees the ball and is nervous to enter the round pen. He avoids the ball and is nervous when it is kicked toward him,Test components, with score ranked 1-5 (5 is highest compliance): General (2) -- Tail (5) -- Vocal (5) -- Defecation (5).One of a series of videos recording behaviors of draft horse crosses and U.S. Bureau of Land Management mustangs

Topics: Horses--Behavior, Horses--Training, Horses--Training, Sundance (Horse), Mustangs, Yearlings, Castrated males, Novel object test with ball
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:example.org:rutgers-lib:45888
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