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Foraging behaviour in pastured horses: Is variety the spice of life?

February 2015 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

Australian researchers investigating the behaviour of domestic horses at pasture have found that, given the opportunity, horses will seek and consume a range of non-pasture species (e.g., parts of trees, woody plants and shrubs). This is the first published data on the behaviour of domesticated horses at pasture and their interaction with the available vegetation. Prior to this study, information was limited to ecological and conservation studies of feral or free-roaming horses in open ranges