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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y de Zootecnia

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PATINO MARULANDA, J. J.; VELEZ GIL, S. A.  and  MARTINEZ ARANZALES, J. R.. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Abnormal Stereotyped Crib-Biting Behavior in the Colombian Creole Horse. Rev. Med. Vet. Zoot. [online]. 2021, vol.68, n.1, pp.37-51.  Epub Nov 22, 2021. ISSN 0120-2952.

Crib-biting is the most common classic stereotype in equines, with a poorly understood etiology; however, it is recognized for being multifactorial in nature. Furthermore, it has been associated with negative effects on the health of horses. The objective of this study was to describe the risk factors and the frequency of presentation of crib-biting in a population of Colombian Creole Horses (CCC by its Spanish acronym). We surveyed Forty-two properties, which meant a total of 1063 CCC (488 males and 575 females). Of this population, 5,27% (56 animals) were fully identified with crib-biting. This prevalence was higher than most other reports in South America. Crib-biting is possibly due to both inherent of the animal and external factors related to management; however, the design of longitudinal studies on management practices and genetic lines within the breed is required to quantify and validate the information related to the possible genetic or racial predisposition for this and other stereotypes and abnormal behaviors observed in horses.

Keywords : welfare; equine; stereotypy; stress.

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