Do present weaning methods contribute to the onset of stereotypical behaviours in horses

The main research question was a?do present weaning methods contribute to the onset of stereotypical behaviours in horsesa?

Three main interrelated research sub questions were raised:

What implications do weaning practices have upon horses?
Are weaning stressors creating future stereotypical behaviours?
What role does the environmental influence play upon weaning stress?

Hypothesis a weaning practices correlate with the onset of stereotypical behaviours

The intention of this study was to identify the main aspects of stereotypical behaviour and whether they relate to weaning stress, and then to assess the extent to which they are responsible, and which weaning practice is better for the horsesa welfare.