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

Summary

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.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

  1. Altmann, J.: Observational study of behavior: sampling methods. Behaviour 49, 227 (1974)

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Brownlee, A.: Play in domestic cattle: An analysis of its nature. Brit. vet. J. 110, 48–68 (1954)

    Google Scholar 

  3. Fagen, R.: Exercise, play, and physical training in animals. In: Perspectives in ethology, Vol. 2 (eds. P.P.G.Bateson, P.H.Klopfer), pp. 188–219. New York-London: Plenum 1976

    Google Scholar 

  4. Fagen, R.: Selection for optimal age-dependent schedules of play behavior. Amer. Natur. (in press) (1977)

  5. Feist, J.D., McCullough, D.R.: Behavior patterns and communication in feral horses. Z. Tierpsychol. 41, 337–371 (1976)

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Taylor, C.R.: Energy cost in animal locomotion. In: Comparative physiology (eds. L. Bolis, K. Schmidt-Nielsen, S.H.P. Maddrell), pp. 23–43. Amsterdam-London: North-Holland 1973

    Google Scholar 

  7. Tyler, S.J.: The behaviour and social organization of the New Forest ponies. Anim. Behav. Monog. 5, 85–96 (1972)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Wilson, E.O.: Sociobiology. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press 1975

    Google Scholar 

  9. Wilson, S.C., Kleiman, D.G.: Eliciting play. Amer. Zool. 14, 341–370 (1974)

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Fagen, R.M., George, T.K. Play behavior and exercise in young ponies (Equus caballus L.). Behav Ecol Sociobiol 2, 267–269 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00299739

Download citation

Keywords

  • Play Behavior
  • Social Play
  • Classical Supposition
  • Equus Caballus
  • Stampede