Can Stalled Stallions Interact Socially?
Social housing for stallions? It’s a joke, right?

Not at all. Swiss researchers working with the country’s top national breeding stallions decided to give it a try—allowing stallions to have partial access to each other through their individual stalls. And the results were highly positive for equine welfare, with a surprisingly low injury rate.

“Social isolation is bad for equine welfare, even for stallions, and can lead to such problems as stereotypies and aggression toward humans,” said Anja Zollinger, BSc, of the Agroscope Swiss National Stud Farm, a research institute in Avenches, Switzerlan

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