A Survey on the Stable Vice of Race Horse in Stable

경주마의 마사내에서의 악벽에 관한 조사연구

  • Yoon, Sei-Young (College of Animal Bioscience & Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kim, Myeong-Hwa (College of Animal Bioscience & Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Lee, Sang-Rak (College of Animal Bioscience & Technology, Konkuk University)
  • 윤세영 (건국대학교 동물생명과학대학) ;
  • 김명화 (건국대학교 동물생명과학대학) ;
  • 이상락 (건국대학교 동물생명과학대학)
  • Published : 2008.12.31


This study was conducted to identify various habits of stable vices and its occurring frequency in racing horses, currently managed in Korea, through categorizing the total 1,386 head of racing horses in Seoul Racing Park into sex, age and years of stabling. Among the 1,386 horses, 524 heads(37.8%) have shown habits of stable vices and its appearances rate according to each category is as following; While 40.7% of stallions showed the highest appearances rate of stable vices by sex, it was 50%, 44.2%, and 53% for the age of 2, 6 and 4, respectively by age, it was 41%, 40.6% and 39.1% for the years of stabling of 2, 4 and 3, respectively. For the appearances rate of individual stable vices, 7.0% of mares showed the highest appearances rate of ‘kicking at walls’, 12.9% of stallions showed ‘biting habit’ and 5.7% of castrated horses showed ‘weaving’ when grouped by sex. According to age, 8.3%, and 6.1% of horses of age 2 showed ‘kicking at walls’, ‘wind-sucking’ and ‘pawing’, respectively while 4.9% of horses of age 3 showed ‘pawing’, 6.4% of horses of age 4 showed ‘kicking at walls’, 6.8% of horses of age 5 showed ‘kicking at walls’ and ‘biting habit’ and 8.7% of horses of age 6 showed ‘weaving’ and ‘biting habit’. By the year of stabling, 6% of horses for 1 year had ‘pawing habit’, 7% og horses for 2 years had ‘kicking at walls’, 7.4% of horses for 3 years had ‘biting habit’ and it was 6.9% and 10.6% for ‘weaving’ for 4 and 5 years of stabling, respectively. In conclusion, the racing horses in Korea seemed to show high rate of appearance rate of stable vices and it is considered to be necessary to improve stable equipments and management skills to reduce the appearance rate of stable vices.



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