Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 267–269 | Cite as

Play behavior and exercise in young ponies (Equus caballus L.)

  • Robert M. Fagen
  • Timothy K. George


Play behavior of young ponies accounted for two-thirds of total running exercise and over 95% of all high-speed turns in ten animals from birth to age six weeks. The classical supposition, never previously demonstrated, that most exercise of young mammals occurs in play, is confirmed in these subjects.


Play Behavior Social Play Classical Supposition Equus Caballus Stampede 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Fagen
    • 1
  • Timothy K. George
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Ethology and EvolutionThe University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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