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How temperature may affect horses: Using ethograms to examine horse behavior based on variations in weather

Davidson, Madissen T.

This study is to serve as a baseline for future research regarding horses. The study was conducted by observing the horse's behavior and characteristics in various weather conditions from a proximal distance of 75 ft (25 yd). A chart of the animal's behavior and characteristics (ethogram) was created as a guide for learning how horses respond to weather. The preliminary results indicate that horses will adapt to their surroundings. When the temperature averages above or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 degree Celsius) the horses displayed characteristics of relaxation and comfort.