Self-Mutilation In Horses: A Violent Reaction To Pain?

Horses can exhibit some startling behaviors in which they harm themselves; these behaviors are dubbed “self-mutilation,” where the horse inflicts serious self-harm. These behaviors are most likely the result of nutritional factors or the domestic environment, Dr. Sue McDonnell reports in The Horse. Self-mutilation is uncontrollable violent behavior, which can include bucking, spinning in circles, […]

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Shedding Light On Self-Mutilation In Horses

It’s often said that horses investigate with their mouths, and when at play they often nip at each other. When a horse repeatedly bites itself to the point of breaking the skin, the behavior is termed self-mutilation, and it can quickly evolve into a major problem. While many times self-mutilation can be a sign of […]

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